Thursday, 26 March 2015

Using Commas

Using commas

The fish and chips, which Mum had picked up on her way home from town, tasted delicious.

In the sentence above, the words in between the two commas give us extra information.  These words could be left out and the sentence would still make sense.

In the story below there are some groups of words that give extra information.  Your task is to put commas (,) around the extra information.  The first pair of commas has been put in for you.

As soon as the bell rang Rawiri, who couldn’t wait to read his new comic book, raced out the door. When he got home, he found to his surprise a police car parked in the driveway. Rawiri’s mother, who had been out shopping had arrived home to find the bathroom window smashed and many of their belongings missing.  Their house had been burgled, Rawiri couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the state of his room,  his comic books which he’d left neatly stacked were scattered all over the floor.  His piggy bank in which he’d put most of his pocket money had been smashed and left lying in pieces on the floor.  But the worst thing of all was that his rugby ball the one signed by Jonah Lomu was gone, Rawiri sat down and cried.

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