Grammar

Find seven different sentences that correctly use a comma in seven different ways. Following each sentence, write the comma rule that is demonstrated.

1. It's very likely, particularly if your child is named Isabella, Jacob, or even Maci. (Commas between items in a series)

2. But if your little one is named after Elvis, for the first time in more than a half-century, he probably won't encounter another similarly named friend. (Comma around appositive)

3. With its release of the most popular baby names of 2010, the Social Security Administration reveals that names that have topped the list consistently for several years are joined by some new and surprisingly trendy choices, such as reality TV star names. (Commas in compound sentences)

4. "The chances of meeting a baby named Sophia this year versus last year -- you'll see them everywhere," saysLaura Wattenberg, author of "The Baby Name Wizard: A Magical Method for Finding the Perfect Name for Your Baby". (Comma with quotation marks)

5. Joshua, however, didn't fare as well, sliding down the list from number six to 11. (Comma around interrupters)

6. The Social Security Administration says that even though the name peaked only at number 312 in 1957 and made a bit of a comeback 20 years later when the rock icon died, it has consistently held a place in the top 1,000.(Commas with numbers)

7. Although Elvis' hits topped charts, the name never secured a top spot. (Introductory word groups)

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  1. Correct: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7.

    The commas in 2 and 3 are used correctly, but you haven't named the reasons correctly. Study this webpage:
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/commas.htm

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