Some students may think that there is not much to punctuating a sentence-use a couple of commas and some end punctuation, and you are done! Read the following sentences to see whether or not careful use of commas really does matter.
Cora claimed Frank lost the car keys.
Who lost the car keys? In the first sentence, it appears that Frank did. In the second, it was Cora. Commas really do make a difference!
The comma serves many different purposes and is the most widely used of all punctuation marks. Because of its varied and distinct uses, it is often most troublesome-as well as misused and overused.
Questions on Part I of the Language Arts Writing Test will assess the use of commas in the following categories: