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Avoiding Faulty Sentences: Writing Skills Success Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

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Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise: Fragments and Run - Ons

Choose the complete sentence. Watch for fragments as well as run-ons. Answers are at the end of the lesson.

    1. The puppy chewed on everything. And ruined my favorite shoes.
    2. The puppy chewed on everything and ruined my favorite shoes.
    1. Julie is a loyal friend. She helps whenever she is needed.
    2. Julie is a loyal friend she helps whenever she is needed.
    1. Paula bought a new car in February she picked it up only last week.
    2. Paula bought a new car in February. She picked it up only last week.
    1. Lisa lost five pounds. After only one week on the new diet.
    2. Lisa lost five pounds after only one week on the new diet.
    1. You can register for the class in the office on the second floor.
    2. You can register for the class. In the office on the second floor.
    1. Samantha needs a few more days to finish the report it is more involved than she anticipated.
    2. Samantha needs a few more days to finish the report. It is more involved than she anticipated.
    1. My sister's new friend Lisa came for dinner. And she brought her mom's famous chocolate cream pie for dessert.
    2. My sister's new friend Lisa came for dinner, and she brought her mom's famous chocolate cream pie for dessert.
    1. Tanya completed the form she gave it to the receptionist.
    2. Tanya completed the form, and she gave it to the receptionist.
    1. Louis was eager to see the dentist his toothache was getting worse.
    2. Louis was eager to see the dentist. His toothache was getting worse.
    1. Jenny looked for a bank that offered better interest rates.
    2. Jenny looked for a bank. Offered better interest rates.

Practice Exercise: Complete Sentences, Fragments, Run-Ons, and Comma Splices

In each of the following numbered items, decide whether the group of words is a correctly written sentence or sentences (S), a fragment (F), a run-on sentence (ROS), or a comma splice (CS). Write the label next to each number, and then check your work against the answer key.

  1. Dr. Anders left detailed care instructions for the patient. A personal friend of his.
  2. The night before, someone from Publisher's Clearinghouse had called. To tell me that I would be receiving a prize package worth potentially millions of dollars.
  3. I was so excited because unlike the other offers, this really sounded legitimate, it sounded to me as though I might really win something this tim
  4. 14. I hastily opened the mailbox. Hoping to find the promised envelope.
  5. There it was. The promised letter.
  6. Because I couldn't wait to open it to read its contents.
  7. The officer responded to the call, he received it at 8:10 P.M.
  8. Emily posted the last transaction it was time to close the books for the day.
  9. Our new computer system is still not working properly.
  10. Even though a computer repair man had looked at the system and deemed it in proper working order.

Rewrite the fragments, run-ons, and comma splices as complete sentences in the following space.

Avoiding Faulty Sentences

Answers

  1. b.
  2. a.
  3. b.
  4. b.
  5. a.
  6. b.
  7. b.
  8. b.
  9. b.
  10. a.
  11. F
  12. F
  13. CS
  14. F
  15. F
  16. F
  17. CS
  18. ROS
  19. S
  20. F
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