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Teacher Tips and Answers

Punctuating Extra Information

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Some sentences contain extra information.

My community theater, which had to shut down for a year because of COVID-19, shifted to making short films with small casts.

You could drop the extra information without changing the basic meaning of the sentence.

My community theater shifted to making short films with small casts.

You should set off extra or nonrestrictive elements using commas, dashes, or parentheses.

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