Sentence Fragments #1
1. F 11. F
2. F 12. F
3. C 13. F
4. F 14. F
5. C 15. F
6. C 16. F
8. F Score: 14/16
Run-ons, Comma Splices, and Fused Sentences.
1. He enjoys walking through the country and he often goes backpacking on his vacations.
2. He often watched TV when there were only reruns; however, she preferred to read instead.
3. They weren't dangerous criminals, they were detectives in disguise.
4. I didn't know which job I wanted, I was too confused to decide.
Subject and Verb Agreement Exercise
1. are 9. takes
2. are 10. want
3. is 11. is
4. is 12. are
5. don't 13. knows
6. doens't 14. Are
7. is 15. are, is
8. lives 16. is
19. were, is
Eliminating Wordiness Exercise 1
1. Many local farmers plan to attend next Friday's meeting.
2. Bradley Hall is regularly populated by students, close study of the building as a structure is seldom undertaken by them.
3. He dropped out of school to support his family.
4. The companny possibly will anounce the new scheudle within the next few days.
5. There are many ways for a student interested in meeting a foreign students to know one.
6. It is very unusual to find someone who has never told a deliberate lie.
7. Not obeying safety rules causes trouble.
8. Students were arrested and several others were charged by organizing a meeting without permit.
9. Students think that the most important subjects are those that will be useful after graduation.
10. Freshman students need to be aware of their major in college.
11. In the company, there are profesional opportunities for aerospace technology.
12. Some people are against capital punishmet, while others dont.
Eliminating Wordiness Exercise 2
1. The cliff dropped to reefs seventy-five feet below, which were barely visible through the fog.
2. Their car is gassed up, but the drive will take all night.
3. Sometimes Stan went running with Blanche. She was a good athlete on the track team at school.
4. Taylor brought some candy back from Europe. The candy was not shaped like American candy.
5. Government leaders like to mention the creation of new jobs. They claim that these new jobs indicate a strong economy. They ignore the benefits and security have replaced many good jobs.
Eliminating Wordiness Exercise 24
1. A large number of people enjoy reading murder mysteries regularly. As a rule, these people are not themselves murderers, or enjoy seeing someone commit an actual murder. Most of them actually enjoy trying to solve an actual murder. They probably enjoy reading murder mysteries because they have found a way to escape from the routine of everydaylife
2. To such people the murder mystery is realistic fantasy. They are not just made up pasteboard figures. It is also realistic because the character who is the hero, the character who solves the murder mystery, solves it not usually by trial and error and haphazard methods but by exercising a high degree of logic and reason. It is important that people who enjoy murder mysteries have an admiration for the human faculty of logic.
3. But murder mysteries are also fantasies. The people who read such books of fiction play a game. It is a game in which they suspend certain human emotions. One of these emotions is pity. If the reader stops to feel pity and sympathy, that person will never enjoy reading murder mysteries. Readers of murder mysteries keeps uppermost in mind at all times the goal of arriving through logic and observation at the final solution to the mystery offered in the book. It is a game with life and death. Whodunits hopefully help the reader to hide from actual life and death in the real world.
Quiz on Prepositions