Target 20-Checking the Punctuation

As well as spelling correctly, you will also be expected to use correct punctuation

You must use capital letters in the correct places and use punctuation marks such as

periods, commas, and question marks correctly. It is also important to indent each

paragraph.

Indent: This is done at the beginning of each paragraph.

Capital letters: These are used at the beginning of each sentence and for proper

nouns

Period, question mark, exclamation point: One of these is always used at the end of

a sentence.

Commas are used in the middle of sentences in certain situations:

• In a list of three or more things

Home-cooked food is nutritious, tasty, and inexpensive.

reached out my hand, grabbed a glass, and noticed that the watch was gone.

. To separate transition words from the rest of the sentence

Additionally, physical education teaches children important skills such as teamwork.

Children, however, should not be exposed to these violent television programs.

• Between two independent clauses

I watch television every evening, and I know what kinds of programs are being

shown

Art and music classes are important, but academic classes are even more important

  • To separate a nonrestrictive clause

Parents, who are responsible for the well being of their children, should carefully

monitor their children’s computer time.

Maple syrup, which is made from the sap of the sugar maple tree, is an expensive but tasty treat

. After a subordinate clause at the beginning of a sentence

If I had been more careful, I wouldn’t have lost the watch.

Although one can find information about almost anything on the Internet, the infor-

motion isn’t always reliable.

 PRACTICE

Read the following paragraphs and check for punctuation errors. Then copy each paragraph

a separate place of paper, correcting the punctuation as follows: Indent, add capital letters

commes, and change periods to question marks where necessary,

I

many families enjoy watching television together during the early evening hours, these

programs shown during this time should be suitable for children, do you really think

appropriate for children to see programs that involve shooting fistfights and other

violence, most parents do not and they change the channel when such rowans are the

2

children need to know how to use computers but it is also important for trung

spend time on other activities when children spend a lot of time at the computer they spend

less time playing outside, they spend less time interacting with other people they miss out

activities that are important for their physical and emotional development

3

I have a lot of fun activities planned for your visit. John who is my next-door neighbor has

promised to take us white-water rafting have you ever done that before. It’s a lot of fun

you will surely enjoy it, however, there are plenty of other things we can do if you don’t want

to go rafting, we can ride bikes go to the movies or just relax at home,

4

tourism which brings a lot of money to the town of palm grove is an important part of the Inc.

economy. tourist dollars pay the salaries of hotel employees restaurant servers and airy

workers, all of these people earn a lot more money from tourism than they ever did for

fishing, in addition, they now have steady jobs with a steady income.

Writing Samples

Sample responses to the IELTS writing tasks with scores can be found on www.tel.org.cn

Ten Toes, then How to Impan, then Same questions we, then Wurrisso, then sample script.

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