Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Super COMMA!!!

Why is the humble comma so powerful?
What can you do with it?
How can it change the way we think in the classroom?

please answer...

16 comments:

primprim said...

hi its me again :)
i don't know much about english and grammar but commas can make a lot of difference in heaps of ways.
if you were writing a horror story (like we are in rm 12) it could make things sound more intense.
commas could change the meaning of certain sentences too, it could make thing the complete opposite etc.

commas are fun!,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, (well, not really)

i hope im not intruding or anything since im not in rm 5 anymore

Neina-Marie said...

Commas are so cool when you have things that need to be lengthened. Like:
She was very pretty but was too good and didn't seem to fit my personality but she is happy now.

But:
She was very pretty, but was too good, and didn't seem to fit my personality, but she is happy now.



See the difference?

kitty milo said...

yes commas are very small but effective things.
last year one of my teachers (ms knapper) had a comma book. one of them were...

a panda bear eats shoots and leaves...
but if you add commas it would be
a panda bear, eats,shoots and leaves

see the difference???

Neina-Marie said...

Kitty Milo! You R on! Yes, Ms K did awesome stuff. remeber the one from the eats and shoot and leaves book about that girl walking on her head, tee hee hee???

Snow Girl said...

Thats so cool Kitty Milo, They are really powerful things it was cool in class today when we canged the sentence to the completly oppisite meaning by just adding to commas!

kitty milo said...

hey snow girl i dont know who you are... oh yes i do ******************** teehee (lolz)
yes commas are very cool. hi neina marie, yes i remember that walking on head one , do u remember the worm one (probaly not)
yes ms k was an awesome teacher and you know that girl last year who did everything with me aka followed me my friend (i cannot say her name) she in ms k class this year and she says she is an awesome teacher. (truly)
(seriously)
so we get to the end of the comment and yes commas are very cool.

Roo said...

Yeah, commas really are awsome especially if you move the comma and it makes a hole different meaning like:

Don't push, please.
Don't push please.

Johnny twists, slides and swings.
Johnny twists slides and swings.

A panda walks into a library eats a sandwich, shoots a book and leaves the library. Before he walks away the librarian asks why did you do that? The panda then replys thats what I do. Then grabs a ditionary and looks up Panda and under the word Panda it says: Eats shoots and leaves. The panda then says ohh i thought it said: Eats, Shoots and leaves.

Those are just some of the things in a comma book that my teacher read to the class last year.

mr woody said...

well done people, despite a few tiny errors.
Great to have Ambassador Prim still involved too.

Roo said...

Sorry Mr.Woody

Marshall said...

imagine a list without commas, that would be chaos to me if i had to read it. it would be like:
shopping list: remember to buy frozen vegetables toilet paper can of coke loaf of bread slimy cucumbers tea leaves h2o c12h22o11(sugar) noodles.......
phew! finally i can breathe....

Snow Girl said...

True i neve thought of it that way with a shopping list, thank goodness for commas!!!

BaNaNas R YuMmI!!! (Im A Ro0m5iAn!!) said...

I think that that the ever so powerful comma can powerfully change a sentence (sorry every one has said what I wanted to say!!!!) rrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!
Good lesson today, Mr Woodcock sir.. 8-)

mr woody said...

thank you bg.
well done marshall. a fine example.
,,,,

fred said...

I think commas are very useful in long storys

rosiegal said...

This is the hilarious story I found:
A panda walks into a café. He orders a sandwich, eats it, then draws a gun and proceeds to fire it at the other patrons.

“Why?” asks the confused, surviving waiter amidst the carnage, as the panda makes towards the exit. The panda produces a badly punctuated wildlife manual and tosses it over his shoulder.

“Well, I’m a panda,” he says at the door. “Look it up.”

The waiter turns to the relevant entry in the manual and, sure enough, finds an explanation. “Panda. Large black-and-white bear-like mammal, native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves.”

=o)

Neina-Marie said...

Rosieposie, that is Roo's story.