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Correct Common Punctuation Errors

In this worksheet, students will proofread a variety of sentences and correct errors in punctuation.

'Correct Common Punctuation Errors' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Accurate Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

It can be hard to remember punctuation rules when you are concentrating on producing interesting writing, but sloppy punctuation can detract from a good piece of work.

 

 

In this worksheet you can practise proofreading and correcting sentences that contain basic punctuation errors. If you struggle with any of them you can go back and do the worksheets that deal with those points.

Which part of the sentence contains a punctuation error?

"What time do you call this" sneered Mr Andrews, as Carly crept into the room.

Something needs removing from this sentence. What is it?

 

We took: Billy, Jake and Adil to the match.

Colon

Capital letter

Full stop

There's another punctuation error below, can you find it?

My dogs' tail is really long and fluffy.

The sentence below contains an error, what is the issue?

 

"I'm never going there again, stated Katie."

The wrong use of an apostrophe

The speech marks have not been closed in the correct place

Incorrect use of a capital letter

How many punctuation errors can you find in the sentence below?

 

My favourite colour is green; my sister prefers blue.

No errors

1 error

2 errors

3 errors

In this sentence, brackets have been used in the wrong place.

 

My great uncle who is (95 years old) is coming to stay with us.

 

Which do you think is the correct option?

My great uncle (who is 95 years old) is coming to stay with us.

My great uncle who is 95 years old (is coming to stay with us.)

My great uncle who is (95) years old is coming to stay with us.

This time, the writer has not put any punctuation in the place marked x, but two punctuation marks are needed. Tick the box that shows the correct punctuation marks.

 

"What on earth do you think you are doingx bellowed Mrs Smith.

;"

"!

"?

?"

."

There are two possible ways of punctuating the places marked x in this sentence.

Tick the two boxes that show the correct ways.

 

JackxElla's brotherxbought the tickets for us.

Brackets

Colons

Inverted commas

Commas

Apostrophes

There are two errors in the sentence below. Can you find them?

The lambs' head had got caught in the fence and the poor creature was bleating pitifully for it's mother.

Can you spot the two errors with this sentence?

The fishermens' boats bobbed in the harbour
  • Question 1

Which part of the sentence contains a punctuation error?

CORRECT ANSWER
"What time do you call this" sneered Mr Andrews, as Carly crept into the room.
EDDIE SAYS
Mr Andrews is asking a question, so a question mark is needed before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 2

Something needs removing from this sentence. What is it?

 

We took: Billy, Jake and Adil to the match.

CORRECT ANSWER
Colon
EDDIE SAYS
A colon is only used before a list if the first part of the sentence makes sense on its own, e.g. We took three of my friends to the match: Billy, Jake and Adil.
  • Question 3

There's another punctuation error below, can you find it?

CORRECT ANSWER
My dogs' tail is really long and fluffy.
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe should come before the 's' as there is only one dog.
  • Question 4

The sentence below contains an error, what is the issue?

 

"I'm never going there again, stated Katie."

CORRECT ANSWER
The speech marks have not been closed in the correct place
EDDIE SAYS
The speech marks should go around the words Katie speaks, so the closing speech marks should go after the comma.
  • Question 5

How many punctuation errors can you find in the sentence below?

 

My favourite colour is green; my sister prefers blue.

CORRECT ANSWER
No errors
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence is spot on! There are two main clauses, so the semicolon is the correct way to punctuate.
  • Question 6

In this sentence, brackets have been used in the wrong place.

 

My great uncle who is (95 years old) is coming to stay with us.

 

Which do you think is the correct option?

CORRECT ANSWER
My great uncle (who is 95 years old) is coming to stay with us.
EDDIE SAYS
The brackets should go round the extra information. If the information in the brackets is removed, the sentence should still make sense.
  • Question 7

This time, the writer has not put any punctuation in the place marked x, but two punctuation marks are needed. Tick the box that shows the correct punctuation marks.

 

"What on earth do you think you are doingx bellowed Mrs Smith.

CORRECT ANSWER
?"
EDDIE SAYS
A question mark is needed because Mrs Smith is asking a question. It should be placed before the closing speech marks.
  • Question 8

There are two possible ways of punctuating the places marked x in this sentence.

Tick the two boxes that show the correct ways.

 

JackxElla's brotherxbought the tickets for us.

CORRECT ANSWER
Brackets
Commas
EDDIE SAYS
Extra information can be placed between commas or brackets. If this information is removed the sentence should still make sense.
  • Question 9

There are two errors in the sentence below. Can you find them?

CORRECT ANSWER
The lambs' head had got caught in the fence and the poor creature was bleating pitifully for it's mother.
EDDIE SAYS
There is only one lamb so the apostrophe should come before the 's' (lamb's). The possessive pronoun 'its' does not need an apostrophe.
  • Question 10

Can you spot the two errors with this sentence?

CORRECT ANSWER
The fishermens' boats bobbed in the harbour
EDDIE SAYS
The apostrophe is in the wrong place, it should be fishermen's. The sentence also needs a full stop to be correct.
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