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Avoiding the Five Most Common Grammatical Errors Practice Exercises

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Avoiding the Five Most Common Grammatical Errors Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Noun-Verb Agreement

Choose the correct verb in the following sentences.

1. Singers and dancers (make, makes) the stage show more exciting and colorful.
2. The contestants for a place in the show (is, are) waiting in the lobby of the theatre.
3. Would-be performers often (take, takes) years to realize that they have no talent.
4. The costumes for the show (doesn't, don't) convey accurate information about the historical period.
5. Either a pink leotard or black tap shoes (is, are) required for a part in the show.

Practice 2: Correcting Comma Splice Errors

Rewrite the following sentences to correct their comma splice errors.

1. Before computers typewriters were used by most students, for their assignments and personal letters.
2. After the computer, was invented, and adopted so universally, typewriters became antiques which nobody wanted.
3. Your teacher Ms. Prim demands, that you do not rely on your computer's spell check feature to correct your spelling.
4. Typing with two fingers, or using thumbs for texting is common among students who have grown up using computers.
5. Computer stores, that are very popular, attract a lot of kids who visit the mall.

Answers

Practice 1: Noun-Verb Agreement

1. make
2. are
3. take
4. don't
5. are

Practice 2: Comma Splice Errors

1. Before computers, typewriters were used by most students for their assignments and personal letters.
2. After the computer was invented and adopted so universally, typewriters became antiques, which nobody wanted.
3. Your teacher, Ms. Prim, demands that you do not rely on your computer's spell check feature to correct your spelling.
4. Typing with two fingers or using thumbs for texting is common among students who have grown up using computers.
5. Computer stores that are very popular attract a lot of kids who visit the mall.
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