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C ommas and the Adjective Clause (Continued)
Lesson 2-24
Prompt:As we have found, adjective clauses may or may not be marked off by commas — the writer decides. Usually adjective clauses are marked off by commas when the clause is just added information and is not necessary for the full meaning of the independent clause.
Directions:Below are listed complex sentences with adjective clauses. Do the following: 1) click to select the adjective clause in each sentence, and 2) click to select below each sentence whether the clause in the prior sentence should be marked off by commas or have no commas.
1.The clause which is the largest part of a sentence has a simple subject and a simple predicate.
2.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
3.The adjective clause which is usually found following the noun or pronoun it modifies is begun by the common pronouns "who, whom, whose, which, and that."
4.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
5.The writer who uses adjective clauses has a decision to make.
6.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
7.The comma which is a common form of punctuation separates words, phrases, and clauses from the sentence.
8.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
9.The writer whose decision is to mark off an adjective clause in a sentence has carefully considered the use of the clause.
10.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
11.The adjective clause that is just added information is marked off by commas.
12.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
13.However, the adjective clause that is essential to the full meaning of the sentence is not marked of by commas.
14.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
15.The sentence, "The astronaut who was the first man on the moon will attend," illustrates this point.
16.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
17.The adjective clause that is shown above is essential to the full meaning of the sentence.
18.(mark off by commas) (no commas)