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C omma: Words in Apposition
 
Lesson 5-15
Prompt:Mark off with commas all appositives that are not essential to the full meaning of the sentence: "George Washington, our first president, served two terms in office." Do not mark off appositives that are essential to the full meaning of the sentence: "My son John will be visiting soon." It might be easier to think of these appositives as titles with no punctuation needed.
Directions:One or more commas have been omitted from each of the following sentences. Insert one or more commas by clicking the space between the words where you desire a comma to be.
1.GeorgeWashingtonourfirstpresidentisthefatherofourcountry.
2.Thesenator'ssonBillisamemberoftheU.S.A.soccerteamourbestteamever.
3.ScienceprofessorAliceSmithwillbeawardedtheHalleyFellowshipthecollege'shighestacademicaward.
4.JohnGlennU.S.senatorandastronautisanationalhero.
5.AletterofappreciationwassenttoJaneWhitneyourchairperson.
6.ThesixteenthpresidentoftheUnitedStatesAbrahamLincolnshallberememberedforsavingthenation.
7.LorettaYoungafamousactressshallberememberedforherfilms.
8.WeshallelectJanetourmostarticulatemember.
9.MydaughterAnnwillalwaysberememberedforherathleticaccomplishmentagoldmedalattheOlympics.
10.Thecompany'schieffinancialofficerAlbertBlackwillbearrivingtomorrow.
11.TheballwashittoourleftfielderSallyJohnson.
12.ThelifeofBabeRuthAmerica'sgreatestbaseballheroisnowfeaturedinafilm.
13.ThepresidentoftheUnitedStatesduringmostofWorldWarIIFrankinD.Rooseveltservednearlythreetermsinoffice.
14.PresidentHarryTrumanthepresidentattheendofWorldWarIIwasfromthestateofMissouri.
15.Ourthirty-fifthpresidentJohnKennedywasassassinatedinoffice.
16.MyfriendRhondawillbegiventhehighestacademicawardtheAwardofExcellence.
17.Jill'sclosestfriendMariawillbeattendingmyfavoriteuniversitytheUniversityofWyoming.
18.MyfavoriteairlineMagicCarpetAirlineisthebest.
19.JohnHansonourfirstpresidentundertheArticlesofConfederationisnotwellknown.
20.PrincipalSmithisreceivinganationalawardTheOutstandingEducatoroftheYear.