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Grade 4 - English Language
2.9 Punctuation - Commas with Series, Main Clause, and Conditional Sentences

Commas with Enumerations or Series
Use a comma to separate items in an enumeration.
Example:
Mr. Mac had a cat, a dog, a cow, and a pony.

The comma before 'and' is optional.
Example:
Mr. Mac had a pig, a dog, a cow and a horse.
Mr. Mac had a pig, a dog, a cow, and a horse.

Don't use a comma before and if two items are a unit (Ham and eggs as a dish is a unit and should therefore not be separated by a comma.)
Example:
Mr. B had soup, ham and eggs and apple pie for dinner.
Mr. B had soup, ham and eggs, and apple pie for dinner.

Don't use a comma if all items in an enumeration are separated by and, or, nor etc.
Examples:
Mr. B had a pig and a dog and a cow and a horse.
Mr. B had a pig or a dog or a cow or a horse.
Mr. Mac neither had a pig nor a dog nor a cow nor a horse.

Commas between Main Clauses
Use a comma between two main clauses which are separated by and or but.
Example:
We ran out of gas, and the nearest gas station was 5 miles away.

Use a comma to separate parts of a sentences in a sequence.
Example:
She ran down the stairs, opened the door, saw her mother(,) and gave her a hug.

Don't use a comma if these parts of the sentence are separated by and or but.
Example:
She ran down the stairs and opened the door and saw her mother and gave her a hug.

Note: Don't use a comma, but a semi colon, if two main clauses are not separated by and or but.

Commas with Conditional Sentences
Use a comma if the if clause is at the beginning of the sentence.
Examples:
If I go to China, I will visit the Great Wall.
If the weather were better, we could go for a walk.
If he had told me, I wouldn't have asked.

Donít use a comma if the if clause is at the end of the sentence.
Examples:
I will visit the Great Wall if I go to China.
I would have helped you if you had only asked me.
If you see Simon ask him to ring me.


Directions: Find if the sentence in each question is punctuated correctly. Correct any punctuation errors and rewrite all the sentences on a sheet of paper. Write your own examples for the comma usage rules described above. As a homework, read a book and find examples of comma usage with series, main clause, and conditional sentences.
Q 1: He ran down the stairs, opened the door, and saw his father.
not punctuated correctly
punctuated correctly

Q 2: Teacups, saucers, napkins, and silverware were piled high.
punctuated correctly
not punctuated correctly

Q 3: I have toast and jam, fruits, tea, juice, and coffee for breakfast.
not punctuated correctly
punctuated correctly

Q 4: We went to the restaurant but it was their closing day.
not punctuated correctly
punctuated correctly

Q 5: I ate a soup, a salad, fish and chips, and a dessert.
punctuated correctly
not punctuated correctly

Q 6: I would have helped you if you had only asked me.
punctuated correctly
not punctuated correctly

Q 7: The wind blew harder, and the sky looked like rain.
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punctuated correctly

Q 8: He likes lima beans green beans and black eyed beans.
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punctuated correctly

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