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A Teacher Retires. Use commas for introductory phrases of five words or more. Before we left for school, we finished breakfast. Use commas to set off a phrase that is descriptive but not necessary to the sentence meaning. Mr. Stead, the coach, was very happy. A Teacher Retires.

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A teacher retires
A Teacher Retires

  • Use commas for introductory phrases of five words or more. Before we left for school, we finished breakfast.

  • Use commas to set off a phrase that is descriptive but not necessary to the sentence meaning. Mr. Stead, the coach, was very happy.


A teacher retires1
A Teacher Retires

  • You’ve been asked to edit an article about one of the school’s favorite teachers. Honor Mr. Rowe, and edit the article carefully.

    • Add two commas to set off long introductory phrases.

    • Add two commas to set off words that interrupt a sentence.

    • Add two pairs of missing quotation marks.

    • Correct two other errors.


A fond farewell
A Fond Farewell

  • Mr. Rowe a teacher is retiring at the end of this school year. After having him as a teacher for thirty years the school can barely imagine life without him. He has served as head of the English Department for the last twenty years. A very helpful and caring man Mr. Rowe also tutored many students after school.



A fond farewell1
A Fond Farewell of the Drama Club. His absence will be felt by many.

  • Mr. Rowe, a teacher, is retiring at the end of this school year. After having him as a teacher for thirty years, the school can barely imagine life without him. He has served as head of the English Department for the last twenty years. A very helpful and caring man, Mr. Rowe also tutored many students after school.



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