Everyday English 1
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Everyday English 1

5.5 Punctuation practice

In the next activity, you have the chance to practise everything you’ve learnt about punctuation.

Activity 41 Practising punctation

Timing: Allow about 15 minutes

1. Which of the following words should always have a capital letter?

a. 

southampton


b. 

table


c. 

computer


d. 

policeman


The correct answer is a.

2a. Put the correct punctuation mark at the end of each of the sentences in the box.

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Answer

Check your endings against these:

  • Is it Saturday today?

  • Merwen didn’t come to work last week.

  • Oh no, I’m too scared!

  • Can you come to the cinema with me next week?

2b. Now add punctuation marks to the end of these sentences:

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Answer

Check your endings against these:

  • Don’t do it!

  • Jack has been in hospital for six weeks.

  • Wow, I’m so happy!

  • Is the new film out next week?

3. Put the commas in the right place in each of the sentences in the box.

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Discussion

Check where you’ve put your commas against these answers:

My hobbies include going to the cinema, reading books and running.

My teacher, who is very smart, has helped me a lot this year.

I like autumn days that are sunny, dry and bright.

4. The following passage doesn’t have any punctuation. See if you can add everything that is needed. Remember to include capital letters, full stops, commas and apostrophes. The text has been provided in a box for you to edit.

a lot of people try to get away from home for a few days each year for a holiday there are lots of things to choose from and where you go depends on how much money you have got to spend ideas for holidays include relaxing on a beach exploring cities and skiing one man wanted to go to australia but thought hed never have enough money to get there he will go to his brothers caravan at the seaside instead a young woman wanted to go clubbing in Ibiza as shed heard its a lot of fun

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Discussion

Check if you spotted all the errors by comparing your edited text against this:

A lot of people try to get away from home for a few days each year for a holiday. There are lots of things to choose from and where you go depends on how much money you have got to spend. Ideas for holidays include relaxing on a beach, exploring cities and skiing. One man wanted to go to Australia but thought he’d never have enough money to get there. He will go to his brother’s caravan at the seaside instead. A young woman wanted to go clubbing in Ibiza as she’d heard it’s a lot of fun.

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