I have realised that something is missing from my punctuation education as I cannot explain the questions below. I realise after typing this message that some of the explanations are about whether the adjectives are co-ordinate or not - see http://www.getitwriteonline.com/archive ... ordadj.htm
I was never taught this. Are primary school children taught this in SPAG these days or are the GL familiarisation questions beyond the school syllabus in parts?PAPER 2
We hunted around for the simplest yummiest cake to tempt all you cooks out there - and we think we've found it.A comma is needed between simplest and yummiest. Why do some adjectives need commas between them and others do not?
We know it's hard to believe, but the secret is mayonnaise.Why is the comma needed before the but?PAPER 3
It was a cold, dark night up on the moor.Why is the comma needed between these two adjectives?
He wouldn't tell her that, though. Why is the comma needed after "that"?
The only sound was the quick, rhythmic pounding of his own heart.Why is the comma needed between these two adjectives?PAPER 4
The single eye in the middle of its green, scaly forehead did not blink.Why is the comma needed between these two adjectives?PAPER 5
Mardon Drama Club is looking for talented young people to join the cast of the next production.Why isn't a comma needed between these two adjectives?
You may also be selected to read a short piece from the script, but no preparation is necessary.Why is a comma needed after "but"?
The Pantomime of Snow White is a firm family favourite.Why isn't a comma needed between the two adjectives?PAPER 6
Dave suggested a fancy meal, Charlie proposed a huge party for family, friends and neighbours, and Maisie's choice was a weekend by the sea.Why is a comma needed after neighbours?
Maureen's family gathered around a huge, circular table.Why is a comma needed after huge?PAPER 8
She'd spent the afternoon separation raffle tickets, folding them into small squares and placing them all in a huge, empty biscuit tin.Why is a comma needed between huge and empty?