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Runaway Boy, The

James Whitcomb Riley Indiana University Press ePub

WUNST I sassed my Pa, an’ he

Won’t stand that, an’ punished me,—

Nen when he was gone that day,

I slipped out an’ runned away.

I tooked all my copper-cents,

An’ clumbed over our back fence

In the jimpson-weeds ’at growed

Ever’where all down the road.

Nen I got out there, an’ nen

I runned some—an’ runned again

When I met a man ’at led

A big cow ’at shooked her head.

I went down a long, long lane

Where was little pigs a-play’n’;

An’ a grea’-big pig went “Booh!”

An’ jumped up, an’ skeered me too.

Nen I scampered past, an’ they

Was somebody hollered “Hey!”

An’ I ist looked ever’where,

An’ they was nobody there.

I Want to, but I’m ’fraid to try

To go back. . . . An’ by-an’-by

Somepin’ hurts my throat inside—

An’ I want my Ma—an’ cried.

Nen a grea’-big girl come through

Where’s a gate, an’ telled me who

Am I? an’ ef I tell where

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Basic Skills Practice


Writers use punctuation (commas, periods, question marks, etc.) to clarify the meaning of their sentences. A comma (,), for example, indicates a pause that is shorter than the pause at the end of a sentence.

The comma is versatile; no other punctuation mark has so many uses.

But by the same token, the majority of punctuation errors involve the comma.

Commas are properly used to:

• set off introductory words, phrases, and clauses.

First, we must save some money.

By working very hard, we finished the job.

If what we hear is true, the concert will

  be canceled.

• separate words, phrases, and clauses in a series.

Did you buy apples, bananas, and oranges?

She raced into the house, ran upstairs, and

  took a fast shower.

I came, I saw, I conquered.

• separate the individual items in dates and addresses.

Lou graduated on June 10, 2002.

The Lorcas live at 21 Park Street,

  Mountain View, California.

A. Add necessary commas to the following sentences.

1. To be certain of being heard Hal shouted out the answer.

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