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Commas in a Series

From: Growth in English: Seventh Year

1. Replace the missing commas.
2. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
3. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements ("PN," "PA," "IO," "DO").

Remember: A comma is used to separate words in a series.

1. Spinach lettuce and cabbage are leafy vegetables.

2. Trunks bags and boxes were piled in the hallway.

3. Longfellow Whittier and Lowell were American poets.

4. Beside the house stood a blind man a little girl and a dog.

5. Heat darkness and silence made the night insufferable.

6. The man was tired weak and sick.

7. The princess was beloved by men women and children.

8. China exports rice tea and silk.

9. The cargo consists of iron ore coal and lumber.

10. The Panama Canal saves time money and distance.

Write five sentences which illustrate the use of the comma to separate words in a series.