Monday, 17 September 2007

Yr 6 Prose Style: The Comma before Connectives. Tuesday, 18th September




L.O. To revise the use of the listing comma
To understand that we place a comma before a connective

Do remember that you mustn't use commas where you should use a full-stop. If the words could stand alone as a proper sentence then you need to put a full-stop or a joining word ('and', 'but' etc) in, and not a comma. Another name for these 'joining words' is connectives.

There is a secret to getting commas in the right place: the connective. We use a connective to joing together two sentences that might otherwise stand on their own. For instance, 'Mr Hitchen thinks he is cool' is a sentence. As is, 'He looked stupid trying to dance.' It is when you join these two sentences together that you need a connective. Join the two sentences together and you get this: 'Mr Hitchen is a criminal mastermind, but he looked stupid trying to dance.' Do you notice where I put the comma? That's right - before the connective.

(Strictly speaking, we don't generally put a comma in front of because.)

Click here to have a go at a fun comma game!

Please complete the 'compound sentences' and 'run on' sentences worksheets. Please write the answers in your book, not on the worksheet. Ta!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mr hitchen is a crimianal by giving us homework, but he is not a mastermind.

Year 6 student
P.S. He cannot dance at all!!!!!!!!

OK said...

criminal...hmm

James Bond who is trying to figure out the english homework that had been set said...

really! He can't dance? When i was at the falcons he was always dancing and singing.