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C ommas and the Adjective Clause (Continued)
 
Lesson 2-25
Prompt:As we have found, adjective clauses may or may not be marked off by commas — the writer decides. The adjective clause is marked off by commas when the clause is just added information and is not necessary to 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. Commas have been purposely omitted where necessary.
1.The great buffalo herds that greeted the explorers on the Great Plains were one of the great wonders of the west.
2.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
3.The American Indians who inhabited this great expanse of land found the buffalo to be essential for life itself.
4.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
5.The great buffalo herds which moved about the plains were followed by the Indians.
6.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
7.Indian tribes whose hunters tracked the buffalo used the animals for food, shelter, weapons, and clothing.
8.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
9.The method of hunting that the Indians used was brutally simple.
10.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
11.Hunters who participated in the kill separated a few animals from the herd.
12.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
13.The plains Indians whom I admire most are the Indian tribes mounted on horseback.
14.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
15.The hunters who were on horseback pursued the animal and shot at close range.
16.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
17.The brave whose buffalo was killed butchered the animal on the spot.
18.(mark off by commas) (no commas)
19.The buffalo hump, hump ribs, and belly fat which I would never eat are the favorite parts of the animal eaten by the Indians.
20.(mark off by commas) (no commas)