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Sentence Structure Practice Exercises 2 (page 2)

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Practice Set 2

Replace the underlined portion with the phrase that best completes the sentence. Choose a if the sentence is correct as is.

  1. I look forward to welcoming you and having the opportunity to show you around our office.
    1. I look forward to welcoming you and having
    2. I will look forward to our welcome and having
    3. As I look forward to welcoming you and to have
    4. I look forward to welcoming you and have
    5. Looking forward to welcoming you and hoping to have
  2. Although she was not supposed to, Megan went to the party.
    1. Although she was not supposed to, Megan went to the party.
    2. Although Megan went to the party, she was not supposed to.
    3. Megan went to the party, even though she was not supposed to.
    4. When Megan was not supposed to, she went to the party.
    5. Since she was not supposed to, Megan went to the party.
  3. The steak was cooked properly however, it was still tough.
    1. properly however,
    2. properly; however,
    3. properly, however,
    4. properly, however;
    5. properly however
  4. Most of a human tooth is made up of a substance known as dentin, which is located directly below the enamel.
    1. dentin, which is located
    2. dentin, and which is located
    3. dentin but located
    4. dentin, which it is located
    5. dentin, that its location is
  5. Jackson Pollock, a twentieth-century American painter, is well known and renowned for creating abstract paintings by dripping paint on canvas.
    1. a twentieth-century American painter, is well known and renowned for creating
    2. an American painter who lived and painted in the twentieth century, is well known for the creation of
    3. renowned and prominent, was known as a twentieth-century American painter for creating
    4. he is an American painter famous and renowned for creating
    5. a twentieth-century American painter, is famous for creating
  6. Mark ran the course in record time he is the best runner on the team.
    1. time he
    2. time, he
    3. time; he
    4. time: he
    5. time? He
  7. This test will affect your final grade; therefore, do your very best.
    1. grade; therefore,
    2. grade therefore,
    3. grade, therefore,
    4. grade, therefore;
    5. grade therefore
  8. The dog growling fiercely came toward me.
    1. dog growling fiercely
    2. dog, growling fiercely
    3. dog: growling fiercely,
    4. dog, growling fiercely,
    5. dog growling fiercely;
  9. Baseball is a sport that is popular in the United States like Japan.
    1. popular in the United States like Japan.
    2. as well popular in Japan as it is in the United States
    3. just as popular in the United States than in Japan
    4. popular in the United States as well as in Japan.
    5. popular as well as in both Japan and the United States
  10. I decided to paint the kitchen yellow, and after I had painted, my husband informed me that he'd prefer blue.
    1. yellow, and after I had painted, my husband
    2. yellow, and after I had painted my husband
    3. yellow and after I had painted, my husband
    4. yellow; and, after I had painted, my husband
    5. yellow and after I had painted my husband
  11. Yelling after it as the taxi drove away, leaving Austin and me standing helplessly on the sidewalk.
    1. Yelling after it as the taxi drove away, leaving Austin and me standing helplessly on the sidewalk.
    2. While yelling after it and watching the taxi drive away, which left Austin and me standing helplessly on the sidewalk.
    3. Left helplessly standing on the sidewalk after Austin and me yelled after the taxi and watched as it drove away.
    4. The taxi drove away as we yelled after it, leaving Austin and me standing helplessly on the sidewalk.
    5. After having yelled after it, the taxi driving off and leaving Austin and me on the sidewalk, watching helplessly.

Practice Set 3

Replace the underlined portion with the phrase that best completes the sentence. Choose a if the sentence is correct as is.

  1. When making a chocolate torte, only the best ingredients should be used.
    1. only the best ingredients should be used.
    2. you should use only the best ingredients.
    3. the best ingredients only should be used.
    4. one should have used only the best ingredients.
    5. using only the best ingredients is essential.
  2. It was the front tire, rather than the rear, which hit the curb.
    1. rather than the rear, which
    2. rather than the rear; which,
    3. which, rather than the rear,
    4. rather than the rear which
    5. rather than the rear which,
  3. This was the fifth of the five speeches that the mayor gave during this the month of May.
    1. This was the fifth of the five speeches the mayor gave during this the month of May.
    2. Of the five speeches the mayor gave during May, this was the fifth one.
    3. Thus far during the month of May, the mayor gave five speeches and this was the fifth.
    4. This fifth speech of the mayor's given during the month of May was one of five speeches.
    5. This was the fifth speech the mayor has given during the month of May.
  4. Mark Twain's book Roughing It describes his travels as a young man.
    1. book Roughing It describes
    2. book; Roughing It
    3. book Roughing It describe's
    4. book; Roughing It describes
    5. book, Roughing It, describes
  5. We loved our trip to the desert where you could see the tall cactus, the blooming flowers, and the little desert animals.
    1. desert where you could see
    2. desert; you could see
    3. desert; where we saw
    4. desert; we saw
    5. desert in that you saw
  6. The stock market rose by 22 points this month, opposite in what many financial analysts had predicted.
    1. opposite in what many financial analysts had predicted.
    2. contrary to the predictions of many financial analysts.
    3. as against the predictions of many financial analysts.
    4. contrasting of many financial analysts' predictions.
    5. contrary with what many financial analysts predicted.
  7. A standardized extract made from the leaves of the ginkgo biloba tree is proving to be effective in treating mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
    1. is proving to be effective in treating
    2. has shown its proof of effectiveness with treating
    3. may have proven effective treatment for
    4. is effectively proving in treating
    5. have given a proven effectiveness in the treatment of
  8. The citizens' action committee has accused the city counsel members with being careless with the spending of the taxpayers' money.
    1. with being careless with the spending of
    2. as to carelessness in the spending of
    3. of carelessness in the spending of
    4. of careless spending to
    5. with spending carelessly of
  9. Aspirin was exclusively known as a painkiller until the time when cardiologists began prescribing it as a preventive for heart attacks.
    1. as a painkiller until the time when cardiologists began prescribing it as a preventive for
    2. to be a painkiller since when cardiologists prescribed it to be a prevention for
    3. as a way to kill and stop pain until cardiologists began to prescribe it as a method for the prevention of
    4. as a painkiller until cardiologists began prescribing it as a preventive for
    5. to be a painkiller up to when cardiologists prescribed its preventive for
  10. The news reporter who had been covering the story suddenly became ill, and I was called to take her place.
    1. had been covering the story suddenly became ill, and I was called
    2. was covering the story suddenly becomes ill, and they called me
    3. is covering the story suddenly becomes ill, and I was called
    4. would have been covering the story suddenly became ill, and I am called
    5. covers the story, suddenly became ill, and they called me
  11. Donald Trump, the son of a real estate developer, he has built a billion-dollar empire.
    1. Donald Trump, the son of a real estate developer, he
    2. Donald Trump, being the son of a real estate developer,
    3. While he was the son of a real estate developer, Donald Trump
    4. The son of a real estate developer, Donald Trump
    5. Donald Trump, the son of a real estate developer, and he
  12. The troposphere is the lowest layer of Earth's atmosphere, it extends from ground level to an altitude of seven to ten miles.
    1. atmosphere, it extends
    2. atmosphere of which it extends
    3. atmosphere. Extending
    4. atmosphere, and extending
    5. atmosphere; it extends
  13. While they may be colorful, many snakes are very dangerous.
    1. While they may be colorful, many snakes are very dangerous.
    2. Many snakes are very dangerous, even if they are colorful.
    3. While they are very dangerous, many snakes are colorful.
    4. While they may be colorful; many snakes are very dangerous.
    5. While they may be dangerous. Many snakes are colorful.
  14. Our contention is that a body of common knowledge shared by literate Americans of the late twentieth century and that this knowledge can be defined.
    1. Our contention is that a body of common knowledge shared by
    2. To contend that a body of common knowledge is shared by
    3. We contend that we share a body of common knowledge in
    4. That a common body of knowledge is shared is our contention with
    5. It is our contention that a body of common knowledge is shared by
  15. Whether they earn a BS degree, chemical engineers are almost guaranteed a job.
    1. Whether they earn
    2. If they earn
    3. If earning
    4. To earn
    5. Since earning
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