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Sentence Structure Practice Exercises 3

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Sentence Structure Practice Exercises

For sentence structure concept help, review the following study guide:

Sentence Structure Study Guide

Practice Set 1

Choose the sentence that is NOT correctly written or that is unclear. Choose choice d if all sentences are correct.

    1. We asked him to pick us up in the morning.
    2. Mrs. Jacobs needed a ride to the airport.
    3. The car racing up the street.
    4. No mistakes.
  1.  
    1. Our neighbors went on vacation; going to the Grand Canyon.
    2. There are yellow and red tulips in my garden.
    3. We invited Molly to our house for dinner.
    4. No mistakes.
  2.  
    1. We are planning to build a new fence in our backyard.
    2. Where is the new diner that everyone is talking about?
    3. There's nothing I can do to help.
    4. No mistakes.
  3.  
    1. Make sure the door is locked.
    2. I love pumpkin pie Pearl does too.
    3. Yes, I will bring the dessert.
    4. No mistakes.
  4.  
    1. After he left, I went straight to bed.
    2. For the first time, I understood what she was talking about.
    3. We visited the town where my father grew up last summer.
    4. No mistakes.
  5.  
    1. Kate was allergic to all dairy products.
    2. Which of the Beatles' songs is your favorite?
    3. The company newsletter explained the new vacation policy.
    4. No mistakes.
  6.  
    1. They went to the park and flew a kite.
    2. "Don't tell me what to do," she shouted.
    3. Liam loves the warm weather, unless he knows it won't last much longer.
    4. No mistakes.
  7.  
    1. Bring your umbrella tomorrow it's supposed to rain.
    2. The dancers' costumes were being delivered on Saturday.
    3. Would you consider taking me as your guest?
    4. No mistakes.
  8.  
    1. Marlene likes my apple crisp better than Aunt Kate's.
    2. The people in the auditorium, whether they were seated or standing.
    3. I registered for a class in West Indian literature.
    4. No mistakes.
  9.  
    1. The free passes were given to Lena and me.
    2. Where's my purple umbrella?
    3. After midnight, the light on the front porch goes off.
    4. No mistakes.
  10.  
    1. Katya and I were in the same pottery class.
    2. The weather was nicer today than it was yesterday.
    3. The grapes cost more than the melon does.
    4. No mistakes.
  11.  
    1. His jacket is just like mine.
    2. Talia went to yoga class, and that she forgot her mat.
    3. Indira visits her relatives frequently.
    4. No mistakes.

Practice Set 2

Choose the sentence that expresses the idea most clearly.

    1. For three weeks, the Merryville Fire Chief received taunting calls from an arsonist, who would not say where he intended to set the next fire.
    2. The Merryville Fire Chief received taunting calls from an arsonist, but he would not say where he intended to set the next fire, for three weeks.
    3. He would not say where he intended to set the next fire, but for three weeks the Merryville Fire Chief received taunting calls from an arsonist.
    4. The Merryville Fire Chief received taunting calls from an arsonist for three weeks, not saying where he intended to set the next fire.
  1.  
    1. There is no true relationship between ethics and the law.
    2. Ethics and the law having no true relationship.
    3. Between ethics and the law, no true relationship.
    4. Ethics and the law is no true relationship.
  2.  
    1. Some people say jury duty is a nuisance that just takes up their precious time and that we don't get paid enough.
    2. Some people say jury duty is a nuisance that just takes up your precious time and that one doesn't get paid enough.
    3. Some people say jury duty is a nuisance that just takes up precious time and that doesn't pay enough.
    4. Some people say jury duty is a nuisance that just takes up our precious time and that they don't get paid enough.
  3.  
    1. The mayor told the residents to evacuate the city as soon as possible.
    2. As soon as possible, the mayor told the residents to evacuate the city.
    3. To evacuate the city as soon as possible, the mayor told the residents.
    4. "Evacuate the city," the mayor told the residents as soon as possible.
  4.  
    1. A sharpshooter for many years, Miles Johnson could hit the bull's-eye every time.
    2. Miles Johnson had been a sharpshooter for many years, and he could hit the bull's-eye every time.
    3. Hitting the bull's-eye every time, Miles Johnson had been a sharpshooter for many years.
    4. Because he could hit the bull's-eye every time, he had been a sharpshooter for many years.
  5.  
    1. By the time they are in the third or fourth grade, the eyes of most children in the United States are tested.
    2. Most children by the time they are in the United States have their eyes tested in the third or fourth grade.
    3. Most children in the United States have their eyes tested by the time they are in the third or fourth grade.
    4. In the United States by the time of third or fourth grade, there is testing of the eyes of most children.
  6.  
    1. Ultraviolet radiation levels are 60% higher at 8,500 feet from the Sun than they are at sea level, according to researchers.
    2. Researchers have found from the Sun ultraviolet radiation levels 60% higher, they say, at 8,500 feet than at sea level.
    3. Researchers have found that ultraviolet radiation levels from the Sun are 60% higher at 8,500 feet than they are at sea level.
    4. At 8,500 feet researchers have found that ultraviolet radiation levels are 60% higher from sea level with the Sun's rays.
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