Grammar Practice Questions - Punctuation

  1. As Caesar loved me I wept for him as he was fortunate I rejoice at it as he was valiant I honour him but as he was ambitious I slew him.
  2. The shepherd finding his flock destroyed exclaimed I have been rightly served why did I trust my sheep to a wolf
  3. However strange however grotesque may be the appearance which Dante undertakes to describe he never shrinks from describing it he gives us the shape the colour the sound the smell the taste
  4. Perhaps cried he there may be such monsters as you describe
  5. Sancho ran as fast as his ass could go to help his master whom he found lying and not able to stir such a blow he and Rozinante had received mercy on me cried Sancho did I not give you worship fair warning did I not tell they were windmills and that nobody could think otherwise unless he had also windmills in his head
  6. Modern ideas of government date back to the 1960s when for the first time people began to question a kings right to rule once thought to be god given.
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  8. When I look upon the tombs of the great every emotion of envy dies in me when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful every inordinate desire goes out when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone my heart melts with compassion when I see the tomb of the parents themselves I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow
  9. They had played together in infancy they had worked together in manhood they were now tottering about and gossiping away in the evening of life and in a short time they will probably be buried together in the neighbouring churchyard
  10. Take away that bauble said Cromwell pointing to the mace which lay upon the table and when the House was empty he went out with the key in his pocket
  11. One day walking together up a hill I said to Friday do you not wish yourself in your own country again yes he said what would you do there said I would you turn wild and eat mens flesh again he looked full of concern and shaking his head said no
  12. When a great office is vacant either by death or disgrace which often happens five or six of these candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope and whoever jumps the highest without falling succeeds to the office
  13. That familiarity produces neglect has been long observed the effect of all external objects however great or splendid ceases with their novelty the courtier stands without emotion in the royal presence the music tramples under his foot the beauties of the spring with little attention to their fragrance and the inhabitant of the coast darts his eye upon the immense diffusion of waters without awe wonder or terror.
  14. If you look about you and consider the lives of others as well as your own if you think how few are born with honour and how many die without name or children how little beauty we see and how few friends we hear of how many diseases and how much poverty there is in the world you will fall down upon knees and instead of repining at one affliction will admire so many blessings which you have received from the hand of God
  1. We thank Thee for the place in which we dwell for the love that unites us for the peace accorded us this day for the hope with which we expect the morrow for the health the work the food and the bright skies that that make our life delightful for our friends in all parts of the earth
  2. Androcles who had no arms of any kind now gave himself up for lost what shall I do said he I have no spear or sword no not so much as a stick to defend myself with
  3. My quaint Ariel said Prospero to the little sprite when he made him free I shall miss you yet you shall have your freedom thank you my dear master said Ariel but give me leave to attend your ship with prosperous gales before you bid farewell to the assistance of your faithful spirit.
  4. O master exclaimed Ananda weeping bitterly and is all the work undone and all by my fault and folly that which is built on fraud and imposture can by no means endure returned Buddha
  5. Wretch said the king what harm did I thee that thou shouldst seek to take my life with your own hand you killed my father and my two brothers was the reply
  6. Nothing is so easy and inviting as the retort of abuse and sarcasm but it is a paltry and an unprofitable contest
  7. Think how mysterious and often unaccountable it is that lottery of life which gives to this man the purple and fine linen and sends to the other rags for garments and dogs for comforters.
1. As Caesar loved me, I wept for him. As he was fortunate, I rejoice at it. As he was valiant, I honor him. But, as he was ambitious, I slew him.
2. The shepherd, finding his flock destroyed, exclaimed, "I have been rightly served. Why did I trust my sheep to a wolf?"
3. However strange, however grotesque, may be the appearance which Dante undertakes to describe, he never shrinks from describing it. He gives us the shape, the colour, the sound, the smell, the taste.
4. "Perhaps," cried he, "there may be some such monsters as you describe"
5. Sancho ran as fast as his ass could drive to help his master, whom he found lying, and not able to stir, such a blow had he and Rozinante received. "Mercy o' me!" cried Sancho, "did not I give your worship fair warning? Did not I tell you they were windmills, and that nobody could think otherwise, unless he had also windmills in his head?"
6. Modern ideas of government date back to the 1960s when, for the first time, people began to question a kings right to rule, once thought to be god given.
7. "When I look upon the tombs of the great, every emotion of envy dies in me; when I read the epitaphs of the beautiful, every inordinate desire goes out; when I meet with the grief of parents upon a tombstone, my heart melts with compassion; when I see the tombs of the parents themselves, I consider the vanity of grieving for those whom we must quickly follow;'
8. They had played together in infancy; they had worked together in manhood; they were now tottering about and gossiping away the evening of life; and in a short time they will probably be buried together in the neighboring churchyard.
9. "Take away that bauble," said Cromwell, pointing to the mace which lay upon the table, and when the House was empty, he went out with the key in his pocket
10. One day, walking together up a hill, I said to Friday, "Do you not wish yourself in your own country again?" "Yes" he said. "What would you do there?" I said. "Would you turn wild and eat men's flesh again?" he looked full of concern and shaking his head said, "No"
11. When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens), five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office.
12. That familiarity produces neglect, has been long observed. The effect of all external objects, however great or splendid, ceases with their novelty: the courtier stands without emotion in the royal presence; the rustic tramples under his foot the beauties of the spring, with little attention to their fragrance; and the inhabitant of the coast darts his eye upon the immense diffusion of waters, without awe, wonder, or terror.
13. If you look about you, and consider the lives of others as well as your own; if you think how few are born with honour, and how many die without name or children; how little beauty we see, and how few friends we hear of; how many diseases, and how much poverty there is in the world; you will fall down upon your knees, and, instead of repining at one affliction, will admire so many blessings which you have received from the hand of God.
14. We thank Thee for this place in which we dwell; for the love that unites us; for the peace accorded us this day; for the hope with which we expect the morrow; for the health, the work, the food, and the bright skies, that make our lives delightful; and for our friends in all parts of the earth.
15. Androcles, who had no arms of any kind, now gave himself up for lost. "What shall I do?" said he, "I have no spear or sword. No, not so much of a stick to defend myself with?"
16. "My quaint Ariel," said Prospero to the little sprite when he made him free, "I shall miss you; yet you shall have your freedom." "Thank you, my dear master," said Ariel; "but give me leave to attend your ship home with prosperous gales, before you bid farewell to the assistance of your faithful spirit;
17. "O master! master!" exclaimed Ananda, weeping bitterly, "and is all the work undone, and all by my fault and folly?" "That which is built on fraud and imposture can by no means endure," returned Buddha,
18. "Wretch!"said the king. "What harm did I do thee that thou shouldst seek to take my life with your own hand?" "You killed my father and my two brothers," was the reply.
19. Nothing is so easy and inviting as the retort of abuse and sarcasm; but it is a paltry and an unprofitable contest.
20. Think how mysterious and often unaccountable it is - that lottery of life which gives to this man the purple and fine linen, and sends to the other rags for garments and dogs for comforters.
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