Preparation for the TAKS Test: Revising and Editing. But I Stink at Grammar!. Grammar Review. Commas Capitalizations Run-ons and Fragments Apostrophes Spelling Misplaced modifiers. Commas. Use commas:
But I Stink at Grammar!
- to separate dates, cities and states, person addressed in dialogue, introductory words
- before a coordinating conjunction (FANBOYS)
- series of words or phrases
- a direct quotation
- introductory phrase in a sentence
- appositives, nonessential phrases
The president lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D. C.
May 3, 1992, is her birth date.
Whatever, I don’t really care!
(For, and, nor, but, or, yet, so)
You need to take out the garbage before you go to your friend’s house and, Sam, don’t forget to take the cans to the street since tomorrow is Wednesday, trash day!
Her chores at home include washing the dishes, making the bed, and walking the dog.
Her favorite colors are blue, orange, and yellow.
He hates veggies, dogs, and sports.
Bob asked, “Is Sue home?”
The girl shouted across the room, “Does anyone have a pencil I can borrow?”
The bus driver whispered under his breath, “Only 14 more stops.”
Because she is my friend, I asked her first.
With no expectations and only hope in her heart, she gave her valentine to him.
With hands in pockets, he walked away.
My friend, Sally Sue, is always interrupting.
The little boy, Georgie Porgie, is bad.
The teacher, with lots of papers to grade, is teaching the class.
The young lady, Sandra, and her boyfriend, Brett, set out on a trip to the South to visit her favorite author’s home town and the same location as her favorite story New Orleans.
Rewrite the following sentence.
The teacher stood up to walk to the front of the room and a student placed his bag where the teacher was to stand and the teacher tripped on the bag and fell on her face and the class laughed and the boy felt silly.
Add to the fragment to make it a complete sentence:
Which was found on the floor.
When it was near the end of the day.
As the students were packing to leave.
Make the following scenarios into possessions
Make the following words into contractions:
Answer the following questions using ‘s:
YOU CANNOT USE THE DICTIONARY ON THE TEST!
YOU WILL HAVE TO GUESS ON SPELLING IF YOU ARE NOT SURE.
Correct the sentences below to make sense.
Write a sentence or sentences to clarify the situation.
The teacher sat down with the student. A look of disappoint was on her face. She couldn’t believe it was happening. The teacher took a tissue. The paper was nothing like she expected.
Rearrange the sentences for clarity.
The girl sat on the couch. She was hungry. She made herself a sandwich. She had forgotten to eat lunch because she was so busy with her little brother. She also got a drink and chips. Her favorite show was on television. She wiped her mouth in satisfaction.