Commas vs. Semicolons Worksheet

Category: Punctuation

Test your punctuation skills with this Commas vs. Semicolons Worksheet. Each of the exercises requires you to choose between using a comma or a semicolon and to note the lack of either in instances where neither is required.

Commas vs. Semicolons Worksheet


For each of the following exercises, fill in the blank the either a comma or a semicolon. Some sentences may not require any punctuation. For those that do not, put an “X” on the blank line.

  • The word “noise” has multiple meanings ___ a common one is undesirable sound.

  • The unpleasant and sometimes harmful effects of an excess of noise affect many people ___ some of those effects include allergies, vertigo, partial or total hearing loss and stomach ulcers.

  • One person’s ability to handle noise varies from the next ___ for example, one person might enjoy super-loud, pumping music blasting from stereo speakers ___ while another person may only like quiet and soothing music playing softly in the background.

  • Some form of hearing impairments, including partial to full loss of hearing, is a fairly common condition ___ the cause of these impairments is sometimes an overexposure to loud noises.

  • When someone is repeatedly exposed to loud noise, long-term total loss of hearing is possible ___ however, when someone is only periodically exposed to loud noise, any hearing impairments usually resolve themselves over a relatively short period of time.

  • In the industrial environment that exists today, noise is easily considered as a type of pollution ___ as the world’s population continues to increase, so does the noise produced by it.

  • Workers during the Industrial Revolution who made steam boilers often experienced hearing loss from overexposure to excessive noise ___ because of this, those workers were said to have “boiler-maker’s disease.”

  • Because the risk of hearing loss is a reality for those exposed to excessive noise, workers who work in noise environments should stay smart in protecting their hearing ___ a good way to ensure overexposure to noise does not damage hearing is to wear quality ear plugs or noise-reducing ear muffs.

  • Women tend to experience a slower rate of hearing loss from overexposure to noise than men ___ the main contribution to this is that more men traditionally work in fields where excessive noise is a regular occurrence.

  • Not surprising, many males in North America who work in a production field experience hearing loss similar to that which occurs with normal aging ___ mainly, it affects those workers who are exposed to constant and excessive noise on the job.