ESSAY ASSESSMENT REFRESHER QUIZ – JANUARY

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Sentence Structure vs Punctuation

When do we put a correction under Sentence Structure and when do we put it under punctuation?

It’s under sentence structure if there is improper spacing, before or after, words and punctuation marks.

Examples:
1. I like ice cream.It is delicious. [no spacing]

NOTE: Highlight the words before AND after the punctuation mark.
cream.It: cream. It

2. I have a pen , an apple, and a pineapple.
pen ,: pen,

It’s under punctuation if you are replacing, omitting, inserting, or there’s an improper positioning of a punctuation mark. Also, adding or omitting an apostrophe + s (‘s) falls under punctuation.

NOTE: We follow the American English format; APA style. The period should be inside the quotation marks. A question mark or an exclamation point which is part of quoted material should be inside the quotation marks unless otherwise.

In addition, we follow the Oxford comma for series of examples.

Examples:
1. Are you hungry!
!: ?

2. I am excited!.
.: [OMIT]

3. I like basketball, baseball and soccer.
baseball: baseball,

4. She said, “You are beautiful”.
“.: .”

5. The kids asked, “Did we win”? [Part of the quoted material]
“?: ?”

6. Did I say, “You are wonderful?” [Not part of the quoted material]
?”: “?

7. It is Sam basketball.
Sam: Sam’s

NOTE: Singular words ending in ‘s’ can either end in an apostrophe or ‘s’ to show possession.

Example: It is James’s birthday or it is James’ birthday.

Commentary: both “James’ birthday” and “James’s birthday” are grammatically correct.


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