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The Grammar Bit!

The correct placement of a comma within a sentence is very important. Incorrect placement can lead to confusion (ambiguity) for the reader.

 

Read sentence 1A. Note where the comma is placed, and discuss the meaning behind the sentence.

Sentence 1B is worded exactly the same, but it has the comma removed. How has this changed the meaning of the sentence?

 

1A) The female humpback, said the diver, was at least fifteen metres long.
1B) The female humpback said the diver was at least fifteen metres long.

 

(Answer: In sentence 1A, the diver spoke and said, the female humpback is at least 15 metres long. In sentence 1B, the whale spoke and said the diver is 15 metres long! )

 

Read the sentences below and write down how the commas have changed the meaning of the sentences. 

 

2A) Humpback whales are affected by noise pollution, ship strikes and entanglement in fishing nets.
2B) Humpback whales are affected by noise, pollution, ship strikes and entanglement in fishing nets.

 

3A) When they saw the humpback’s enormous fluked tail on the horizon, the divers got their underwater cameras ready.
3B) When they saw the humpback’s enormous fluked tail, on the horizon, the divers got their underwater cameras ready.

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