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Writing Skills PSAT

Punctuation, Grammar, and Style Review

Use commas to seperate items in a series. If more than two items are listed in a series, they should be separated by commas. The final comma--the one that precedes the word "and"-- may be omitted.
Use commas to separate two or more adjectives before a noun. Example: I can't believe you sat through that long, dull movie three times in a row.
Use commas to set off parenthetical clauses and phrases. If a phrase or clause is not necessary to the main idea expressed by a sentence, it should be set off by commas.
Use commas after introductory phrases. Example: After the banquet, Harold and Melissa went dancing.
Use commas to separate independent clauses. Use a comma before a conjunction (and, but, nor, yet, etc.) that connects two independent clauses.
Semicolons (;). When two independent clauses are not joined with a conjunction (and, but, nor, or yet), then this punctuation is used. When independent clauses are connected by words like "therefore", "nevertheless", and "moreover", then this punctuation is used.
Colons (:). Are used only as a means to signaling that what follows is a list, definition, explanation, or restatement of what has gone before. A word or phrase such as "like the following", "as follows", "namely", or "this" is often used with this punctuation.
Dash (--). Used to indicate an abrupt break in thought and also to set off a parenthetical expression from the rest of the sentence.
Apostrophe ('). It is used with contracted verb forms to indicate that one or more letters have been eliminated. It is used to indicate the possesive form of a noun.
Subject-Verb Agreement. The form of the verb must match, or agree with, its subject in two ways: person (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and number(singular and plural).
Pronouns. It is a word that is used in the place of a noun. The antecedent of this word is the word to which the word refers to.
Singular pronouns. 1st person: I, me.2nd person: you, your, yours.3rd person: he, him, she, her, it one, his, her, hers, its, one's.
Plural pronouns. 1st person: we, us, my, mine, our, ours.2nd person: you, your, yours.3rd person: their, theirs.
Created by: rierei1971
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