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.
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.