The comma is a symbol we use to separate parts of a sentence. When used properly they can help the language be clearer and more concise for the reader. Many students have difficulty identifying when a comma should be used in their work. Often, they will just sprinkle them around in their writing. There are five key placements for these symbols. Obviously, we always use this to quote direct speech. If someone uses that form of a word, we use it in our quote. We always use commas to break up a list of words. For example: I used a fork, knife, and spoon to eat my dinner. When ever we construct a complex sentence, we use these symbols to separate the main clause from subordinate clauses. We also use commas to separate nonessential phrases from our main statement. We also always place a comma after using the word, however.
The following collection of worksheets will teach your students the proper use of commas by having them identify the correct locations for and uses of them within the given sample sentences. Your students will learn how to use commas to set off appositives and quotations, frame coordinating conjunctions, separate items within a series, write dates correctly, isolate extraneous information within a sentence, and more! Answer keys have been provided for each activity sheet for instructors. These worksheets start out very basic and advanced as you move down the page. Commas, whether singular or serial (a.k.a. the Oxford comma), are crucial to clear writing. They are the difference between "Let's eat, Grandma!" and "Let's eat Grandma!"