Commas - Clutter Busters A lesson on commas, colons, and...

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Unformatted text preview: Clutter Busters A lesson on commas, colons, and semicolons Grade 5 Commas, Colons, and Semicolons Commas are used to separate ideas, to set off special elements, and to set off quotations. A colon is used to introduce lists of items, after the greeting of a business letter, and to separate hours and minutes in time expressions. A semicolon is used to join two related sentences, each with balanced meaning. Commas Commas are used to separate ideas, to set off special elements, and to set off quotations. Commas are used to separate ideas. Incorrect: Kari is bringing candles baskets napkins and plastic plates to the park. Correct: Kari is bringing candles, baskets, napkins, and plastic plates to the park. Commas are used to set off special elements. Incorrect: Yesterday my team won the game. Correct: Yesterday, my team won the game. Commas are used to set off quotations. Incorrect: Clark asked Where is Lois? Correct: Clark asked, Where is Lois? A colon is used to introduce lists of items. Incorrect :The following items will be required at camp, sleeping bag, tent, hiking shoes, and compass. Correct : The following items will be required at camp: sleeping bag, tent, hiking shoes, and compass. A colon is used after the greeting of a business letter. Incorrect: Dear Sir, Correct: Dear Sir: A colon is used to separate hours and minutes in time expressions. Incorrect : The time is 815....
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Commas - Clutter Busters A lesson on commas, colons, and...

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