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Technical Editing:
Punctuation — Rude 11

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  1. What is an independent clause?
    A clause the stands alone from the rest of the sentence.
    A clause that has a subject and a predicate and can stand alone as a sentence.
    A clause that does not rely on the rest of the sentence for its meaning.
    A clause that is independent from the subject and predicate of the sentence.
  2. What is a dependent clause?
    A clause that depends on other elements in the sentence for its meaning.
    A clause that depends on the subject for its meaning.
    A clause with a subject and predicate that cannot stand alone as a sentence.
    A clause that has neither a subject nor a predicate and cannot stand alone as a sentence.
  3. "And," "but," "so," "nor," "yet," "so" are
    Coordinating conjunctions
    Conjunctive adverbs
    Subordinating conjunctions
    Relative pronouns
  4. "After," "although," "as," "because," "if," "once," "since," "though," "until," "unless," "when," "whenever," "while" are
    Coordinating conjunctions
    Conjunctive adverbs
    Subordinating conjunctions
    Relative pronouns
  5. "That," "what," "which," "who," "whoever," "whom," "whomever," "whose" are
    Coordinating conjunctions
    Conjunctive adverbs
    Subordinating conjunctions
    Relative pronouns
  6. A compound sentence contains
    More than two independent clauses
    At least two independent clauses
    No independent clauses.
    An independent and a dependent clause
  7. A complex sentence contains
    More than two independent clauses
    At least two independent clauses
    No independent clauses
    An independent and a dependent clause.
  8. A compound sentence in which two independent clauses are joined by "and" takes a ______ before "and."
    Comma
    Period
    Semicolon
    Colon
  9. What is a nonrestrictive clause?
    A clause that adds essential information to the word or phrase it modifies.
    A clause that adds nonrestrictive information to the word or phrase it modifies.
    A clause that adds useful but not essential information to the word or phrase it modifies.
    A clause that adds essential and useful information to the word or phrase it modifies.
  10. How do you punctuate restrictive clauses?
    With commas at the beginning and end.
    No punctuation should be used.
    With a comma before the demonstrative pronoun.
    With a comma after the conjunctive adverb.
  11. Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
    The last row of seats, which usually fills up quickly, was vacant when I arrived.
    The last row of seats, which usually fills up quickly was vacant when I arrived.
    The last row of seats which usually fills up quickly, was vacant when I arrived.
    The last row of seats which usually fills up quickly was vacant when I arrived.
  12. Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
    After coming to a complete stop he shifted into first gear and drove off.
    After coming to a complete stop, he shifted into first gear, and drove off.
    After coming to a complete stop, he shifted into first gear and drove off.
    After coming to a complete stop he shifted into first gear, and drove off.
  13. Why is the correct choice in question 12 correct?
    No commas are required.
    Use a comma to separate the adverbial phrase at the beginning of the sentence.
    Use a comma to separate the adverbial phrase at the beginning and to separate two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction.
    Use a comma to separate two independent clauses.
  14. Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
    Most computers come with a hard copy help manual however some new ones come only with online help manuals.
    Most computers come with a hard copy help manual; however some new ones come only with online help manuals.
    Most computers come with a hard copy help manual; however, some new ones come only with online help manuals.
    Most computers come with a hard copy help manual however, some new ones come only with online help manuals.
  15. Which of these is a conjunctive adverb?
    And
    So
    However
    Under
  16. Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
    Carry the credit card that works as hard as you do.
    Carry the credit card, that works as hard as you do.
    Carry the credit card that works, as hard as you do.
    Carry the credit card-that works as hard as you do.
  17. In the sentence, "The older, slower models will soon be replaced," why is it appropriate to separate older and slower with a comma?
    It makes the sentence flow better.
    Older modifies slower.
    Both modify the same noun.
    If you were to read the sentence out loud, your voice would pause between older and slower.
  18. Which of the following explain when to use a dash?
    When you have a break in thought or want emphasis, either of which could be punctuated with parentheses.
    When you have two words acting as a unit to modify a noun that comes after them.
    When you want to introduce a list of items formatted as a bulleted list.
  19. Which of the following demonstrates a correct use of the colon?
    Software such as: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, are part of Microsoft's Office suite.
    Included in Microsoft's Office suite are: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
    Included in Microsoft's Office suite are the following applications: Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.
  20. If you use ellipsis points to indicate that deleted material at the end of a quoted sentence, what should you do?
    Add a fourth period to indicate the end of the sentence.
    Add a third period to indicate the end of the sentence.
    Add a single period to indicate the end of the sentence.
    Use brackets to state that material has been deleted from the end of the sentence.
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