As a general rule, nonrestrictive words, phrases, and clauses are set off with commas. After reviewing Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Adjective Clauses, test your punctuation prowess by completing this short exercise.
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When you're done, compare your answers with those on page two.
- "My friends call me Tony which backwards is 'y not.'" (Michael Weatherly, NCIS)
- John Keats the great English Romantic poet said that "a thing of beauty is a joy forever."
- "The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers." (Thomas Jefferson)
- "We commit your final mortal remains to the bosom of the Pacific Ocean which you loved so well." (John Goodman, The Big Lebowski
- "Human beings who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." (Douglas Adams)
- "The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them." (Mark Twain)
- "We also sell frozen yogurt which I call 'frogurt.'" (The Simpsons)
- "People will buy anything that is one to a customer." (Sinclair Lewis)
- Theodor Geisel who is better known as Dr. Seuss described adults as "obsolete children."
- "People who work sitting down get paid more than those people who work standing up." (Ogden Nash)