ACT English 1.5 Punctuation

ACT English: Punctuation Drill 1, Problem 5. What is the correct way to separate these clauses?

ACT EnglishPunctuation
LanguageEnglish Language
Product TypeACT English
PunctuationCommas

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Alright, well maybe it's not quite that dramatic.

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But we know that a dependent clause, as its name suggests, depends on another clause to keep it afloat.

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"Although the weather turned rainy and cold," can't act as a sentence by itself,

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so it's a dependent clause.

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Let's try going through the answers... Will D work?

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Well, the comma between rainy and cold is problematic. If you're just saying two items,

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you don't need a comma in between them. What about C? There's no comma at

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all. You can't just plop down a dependent clause and an independent clause next to each other.

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They need something to stick themselves together. Commas are the superglue of clauses.

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Let's look at the comma use in B.

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A comma is a little pause when you read it. So this sentence, would be "Although the

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weather turned, rainy and cold we decided to go to the park."

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First of all it just sounds wrong. But there's also not a comma between the clauses, and

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an extra one between turned and rainy that doesn't serve any purpose.

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Now we're just left with A, and it looks pretty darn good.

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No more random, extraneous commas, and the two clauses are separated by one.

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Mission accomplished.