Punctuation in English

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It’s easy to make a lot of mistakes with punctuation when you are learning English. This is a quick quiz that tests how well you do with commas, apostrophes, semicolons, periods, and question marks in short sentences.

If you find you have a lot of questions about punctuation, you can get more help by looking at grammar tips online. If you search for “grammar help,” you’ll find some useful sites. Good luck with the quiz!

What is your age?
 Under 18 Years Old
 18 to 24 Years Old
 25 to 30 Years Old
 31 to 40 Years Old
 41 to 50 Years Old
 51 to 60 Years Old
 Over 60 Years Old
What is your gender?
 Male
 Female
1. I wanted to buy a soda but I didn’t have any money.
 No punctuation is needed.
 I wanted to buy a soda; but I didn’t have any money.
 I wanted to buy a soda, but I didn’t have any money.
 I wanted to buy a soda, but, I didn’t have any money.
2. My brother John came to the door with flowers.
 No punctuation is needed
 My brother, John, came to the door with flowers.
 My brother John, came to the door with flowers.
3. I was surprised when I didnt see you at the party.
 No punctuation is needed
 I was surprised, when I didn’t see you at the party.
 I was surprised when I didn’t see you at the party.
4. She was looking for you last night when she came to my house you were already gone.
 No punctuation is needed.
 She was looking for you last night, when she came to my house you were already gone.
 She was looking for you last night when she came to my house; you were already gone.
 She was looking for you last night when she came to my house, you were already gone.
5. We had no idea where you were where did you go
 No punctuation is needed.
 We had no idea where you were? Where did you go?
 We had no idea where you were, where did you go.
 We had no idea where you were; where did you go?
6. John could not watch TV last night because the power was off.
 No punctuation is needed.
 John could not watch TV last night, because, the power was off.
 John could not watch TV last night; because the power was off.
7. They asked me where did she go
 No punctuation is needed.
 They asked me, “Where did she go?”
 They asked me, where did she go?
 They asked me where did she go.
8. Why are you here she wondered
 No punctuation is needed.
 Why are you here, she wondered.
 Why are you here she wondered?
 “Why are you here?” she wondered.
9. There is no need at all for you or your friends all seven of them to be here
 No punctuation is needed.
 There is no need at all for you or your friends all seven of them to be here.
 There is no need at all for you, or your friends, all seven of them, to be here.
 There is no need at all for you or your friends, all seven of them, to be here.
10. This has been a very long quiz hasn’t it
 No punctuation is needed.
 This has been a very long quiz hasn’t it?
 This has been a very long quiz, hasn’t it?
 This has been a very long quiz hasn’t it.
11. Well just do one more
 No punctuation is needed.
 We’ll just do one more
 Well, just do one more.

Reprinted with permission from GoToQuiz.com.

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