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Sentence Structure Practice Exercises 3 (page 2)

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  1. c.   This is a sentence fragment.
  2. a.   The semicolon should be a comma.
  3. d.   There are no errors.
  4. b.   This is a run-on sentence.
  5. c.   The modifier last summer is misplaced. A modifier should be nearest to the subject or action that it modifies; in this case, that action is visited, not grew up. The sentence should read: Last summer, we visited the town where my father grew up.
  6. d.   There are no errors.
  7. c.   The word unless does not logically connect the independent clauses. The sentence needs a word that indicates contrast, because what Liam loves and what Liam can expect are two opposite things; the coordinating conjunction but should replace unless.
  8. a.   This is a run-on sentence.
  9. b.   This is a sentence fragment.
  10. d.   There are no errors.
  11. d.   There are no errors.
  12. b.   The word that is unnecessary; two independent clauses use a comma and a coordinating conjunction.
  13. a.   The other choices are unclear because they are awkwardly constructed, obscuring who intends to set the fire.
  14. a.   Choices b and c are sentence fragments. Choice d represents confused sentence structure as well as lack of agreement between subject and verb.
  15. c.   The other choices contain unnecessary shifts in person: from people to their and we in choice a, to your and one in choice b, and to our and they in choice d.
  16. a.   This is the most clear and concise wording, and it avoids beginning the sentence with a dependent clause.
  17. b.   This is the most clear and concise wording, and it avoids beginning the sentence with a dependent clause.
  18. c.   This is the only choice that is clear and logical. Choice a reads as though the eyes are in the third or fourth grade. Choices b and d are unclear.
  19. c.   Choice c creates a clear comparison. It is the only choice that is clear and logical.
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