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5.13: Try It: Punctuation

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    This activity is not graded. The text fields below are purely for self-reflection; you do not need to submit anything for this assignment.

    Correct for Punctuation

    The following story has several punctuation errors in it. As you read through, type a corrected version of each paragraph.

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    Part I

    James looks forward to the weekend; he likes to sit at home with his newspaper, The Mercury News. On Sunday’s, the newspaper is extra large. His a big sports fan. This weeks’ sport section is about baseball. Its a special twenty page issue about the different teams. The newspaper lists where each team will hold its spring training. James is noting the times while he is reading the article. The article is called, “Winding up for the Start”. James likes to watch spring training. Because he plays baseball in high school.

    Answer:

    James looks forward to the weekend; he likes to sit at home with his newspaper, The Mercury News. On Sundays, the newspaper is extra large. He’s a big sports fan. This week’s sport section is about baseball. It’s a special twenty-page issue about the different teams. The newspaper lists where each team will hold its spring training. James is noting the times while he is reading the article. The article is called, “Winding up for the Start.” James likes to watch spring training because he plays baseball in high school.

    Part II

    The Oakland Athletics—also known as the Oakland A’s—have some strong players this year. They will be batting, running, and catching. Jame’s class schedule won’t let him attend. He wants to go; but he has to attend his classes. However this is a special opportunity

    James has his parents’ permission to go. His journalism teacher will allow him to miss class if he writes a paper about “spring training.”

    James asks her, “How long should it be”?

    “As long as necessary” she says “to cover your subject.”

    Answer:

    The Oakland Athletics—also known as the Oakland A’s—have some strong players this year. They will be batting, running, and catching. James’s class schedule won’t let him attend. He wants to go, but he has to attend his classes. However, this is a special opportunity.

    James has his parents’ permission to go. His journalism teacher will allow him to miss class if he writes a paper about spring training.

    James asks her, “How long should it be?”

    “As long as necessary,” she says, “to cover your subject.”

    Part III

    The next week, he watched two training sessions. When, he returned home he began to write about his experience. He decided to write a narrative story, the players who were practicing batting were clocking the speeds of their balls. Hideki Matsui who is from Japan was hitting balls at speeds faster than anyone else.

    Answer:

    The next week, he watched two training sessions. When he returned home, he began to write about his experience. He decided to write a narrative story. The players who were practicing batting were clocking the speeds of their balls. Hideki Matsui, who is from Japan, was hitting balls at speeds faster than anyone else.

    Note

    The phrase who were practicing batting in the third sentence could have commas around it; however, this would indicate that all of the players were practicing. The punctuation of this sentence depends on what happened at spring training.

    Part IV

    James began to write his paper, but he couldn’t remember how to spell “phenomenal”. Does that word have one m or two. He decided to look it up, so he could spell it correctly in his papers. He looked it up in Merriam-Webster’s Online.

    Watching the training camp was a phenomenal experience, which he’ll never forget. James enjoyed being a rookie writer for a day.

    Answer:

    James began to write his paper, but he couldn’t remember how to spell phenomenal. Does that word have one m or two? He decided to look it up, so he could spell it correctly in his papers. He looked it up in Merriam-Webster’s Online.

    Watching the training camp was a phenomenal experience, which he’ll never forget. James enjoyed being a rookie writer for a day.

    Note

    He couldn’t remember how to spell “phenomenal.” is also acceptable, but the period must be inside the quotation marks.

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