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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.

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Clutter Busters

A lesson on commas, colons, and semicolons

Grade 5


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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.


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Commas

  • Commas are used to separate ideas, to set off special elements, and to set off quotations.


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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.


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Commas are used to set off special elements.

Incorrect: Yesterday my team won the game.

Correct: Yesterday, my team won the game.


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Commas are used to set off quotations.

Incorrect: Clark asked “Where is Lois?”

Correct: Clark asked, “Where is Lois?”


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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.


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A colon is used after the greeting of a business letter.

Incorrect: Dear Sir,

Correct: Dear Sir:


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A colon is used to separate hours and minutes in time expressions.

Incorrect: The time is 815.Correct: The time is 8:15.


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A semi-colon is used to join two related sentences, each with balanced meaning.

Incorrect: The field trip to the park should be fun we are all going to bring a game to play.Correct: The field trip to the park should be fun; we are all going to bring a game to play.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Among the books were the following items, a pen, a pencil, a pad of paper, and folder.

B. Among the books were the following items: a pen, a pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.

C.Among the books were the following items; a pen, pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.

D.Among the books were the following items - a pen, pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Among the books were the following items, a pen, a pencil, a pad of paper, and folder.

B. Among the books were the following items: a pen, a pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.

C.Among the books were the following items; a pen, pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.

D.Among the books were the following items - a pen, pencil, a pad of paper, and a folder.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Open your folder, take out your homework and pass it forward.

B. Open your folder; take out your homework; and pass it forward.

C. Open your folder, take out your homework, and pass it forward.

D. Open your folder: take out your homework and pass it forward.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Open your folder, take out your homework and pass it forward.

B. Open your folder; take out your homework; and pass it forward.

C. Open your folder, take out your homework, and pass it forward.

D. Open your folder: take out your homework and pass it forward.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Mario likes to play- football, tennis, baseball and volleyball.

B. Mario likes to play football, tennis, baseball, and volleyball.

C. Mario likes to play: football, tennis, baseball and volleyball.

D. Mario likes to play; football, tennis, baseball, and volleyball.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Mario likes to play- football, tennis, baseball and volleyball.

B. Mario likes to play football, tennis, baseball, and volleyball.

C. Mario likes to play: football, tennis, baseball and volleyball.

D. Mario likes to play; football, tennis, baseball, and volleyball.

D. Mario likes to play; football, tennis, baseball, and volleyball.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Please take out the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on the can.

B. Please take out, the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on the can.

C. Please, take out the trash and don't, forget to put the lid on the can.

D. Please, take out the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on, the can.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. Please take out the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on the can.

B. Please take out, the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on the can.

C. Please, take out the trash and don't, forget to put the lid on the can.

D. Please, take out the trash, and don't forget to put the lid on, the can.


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Choose the sentence with punctuation errors. with balanced meaning.

A. The waitress asked, "Would you like anything else?"

B. Bobby asked for eggs and toast for breakfast.

C. Henry took a long nap but he was still tired.

D. Mrs. Todd calmed the excited, noisy children.


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Choose the sentence with punctuation errors. with balanced meaning.

A. The waitress asked, "Would you like anything else?"

B. Bobby asked for eggs and toast for breakfast.

C. Henry took a long nap but he was still tired.

D. Mrs. Todd calmed the excited, noisy children.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A. I have cousins in Frankfort, Kentucky, Portland, Oregon, and Sacramento, California.

B. I have cousins in Frankfort, Kentucky- Portland, Oregon- and Sacramento, California.

C. I have cousins in Frankfort, Kentucky; Portland, Oregon; and Sacramento, California.

D. I have cousins in Frankfort, Kentucky: Portland, Oregon: and Sacramento, California.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A.The field trip to the park should be fun we are all going to bring a game to play.

B. The field trip to the park should be fun, we are all going to bring; a game to play.

C. The field trip to the park should be fun we; are all going to bring a game to play.

D. The field trip to the park should be fun; we are all going to bring a game to play.


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Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly? with balanced meaning.

A.The field trip to the park should be fun we are all going to bring a game to play.

B. The field trip to the park should be fun, we are all going to bring; a game to play.

C. The field trip to the park should be fun we; are all going to bring a game to play.

D. The field trip to the park should be fun; we are all going to bring a game to play.


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