“Comma knowledge”: Some points about punctuation in EFL


by Alex Moore
A Quiz

Can you match these eight sentences to their writers’ L1s? They were all written by either an Arabic, Chinese, Polish or Spanish native speaker, and contain a characteristic punctuation-related mistake.

  1. ¿When are you coming?
  2.  He said,,I don’t believe you”.
  3. I went with my friends to Indonesia a beautiful country.
  4. Hi! How are you. Are you OK.
  5. Tell them, that you’re not a baby any more, and you can go alone.
  6. Isabelle said don’t worry . . .

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