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Commas with Coordinate Adjectives

Using Commas with Coordinate Adjectives

Commas with Coordinate Adjectives

Commas with Coordinate Adjectives       

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.

Common Core Language Standard 2

When adjectives of a similar category are used in a list, they have to be separated. We use commas to separate similar items.

Today’s mechanics lesson is on commas with coordinate adjectives. Remember that coordinate adjectives work equally to modify a noun.

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

To determine if adjectives are coordinate adjectives, try placing the word and between the adjectives. Second, try reversing them. If, the phrases sound fine both ways, the adjectives are coordinate adjectives and require commas between each. Example: A large, angry dog

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: Their back yard has a high stone fence patrolled by a mean, angry watchdog.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: Their back yard has a high stone fence patrolled by a mean, angry watchdog.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using coordinate adjectives.

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