STAAR EOC Test: Writing : Commas for Introductory or Interrupting Phrases

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Are you trying to stick to a budget? Using coupons for purchases, also known as “couponing” is a great way to save money on groceries. Coupons are a little piece of paper that can give you a discount on what you buy. You will be amazed at the great bargains and amazing savings you can get!

It’s easy to get started. When you open up your daily newspaper, one might find a glossy insert full of coupons. Some of the coupons will be for things you don’t buy, some will be for things you buy all the time. Go through the coupons and chop out the ones you can use.

The key to successful couponing is getting multiple copies of coupon circulars. Ask your friends, your neighbors, and family if they have any extras. Some coupon users even go through the recycling at their office to find more coupons! Have you ever heard of such a thing in your life! Completely devoted, these circulars help coupon users to get even more savings.

Couponing might sound like hard work, but for many people, it’s also a hobby. Not only does it help them save hundreds of dollars per year, but also it gives them a fun challenge every time they do their shopping. 

Select the answer that would best correct the underlined and bolded portion of the passage.

Possible Answers:

purchases, also known as "couponing," is

(no change)

purchases also known as "couponing" is

purchases; also known as "couponing," is

purchases, also known as "couponing." Is

Correct answer:

purchases, also known as "couponing," is


Here you are being tasked with correcting an interrupting phrase error. An interrupting phrase is a phrase that provides extra information, but which can be removed without changing the sentence. These phrases should be surrounded on both sides by commas. In the original text, the second comma after "couponing" is missing.

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