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Commas with Middle Nouns of Direct Speech

Middle Nouns of Direct Speech

Commas with Middle Nouns of Direct Speech

Commas with Middle Nouns of Direct Speech         

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Common Core Language Standard 2

When your mom tells you to walk directly home, she means with no side trips. She is talking directly to you. If she mentions your full name directly, such as “Go directly home, John Michael Vincent, and no where else” you know she means business. Remember that direct means “face to face with nothing in between.”

Today’s mechanics lesson is on commas with middle nouns of direct speech. Remember that a noun can be named as in a proper noun or unnamed as in a common noun. When we talk to a person in our speech or writing, that person is a noun of direct speech. We place commas after nouns of direct speech used at the beginning of a sentence and before nouns of direct speech used at the end of sentences.

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

Place commas before and after nouns of direct speech used in the middle of sentences.

Example: “If you wait your turn, Chelsea, you will get your fair share,” the teacher said.

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

Practice: Jake, you really are a handful. If you would stop messing around, Jake you could make something of yourself. It’s just that easy brother, but you’ve got to try.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: Jake, you really are a handful. If you would stop messing around,Jake,you could make something of yourself. It’s just that easy,brother, but you’ve got to try.

Now let’s apply what we have learned.

Writing Application: Write your own sentence using a noun of direct speech in the middle of a sentence.

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