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Exercise Answers for Part 1, Lesson 2

This resource was written by Jaclyn M. Wells.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on March 23, 2009 .

Summary:
This resource contains answers to the exercises for Part 1, Lesson 2.

Answers to Exercises

Fragment Sentence Exercise

Fragment sentences are in italics. Explanations are in parentheses.

Then I attended Morris Junior High. A junior high that was a bad experience. (dependent clause)

In the seventh grade every young boy goes out for football. To prove to himself and his parents that he is a man. (dependent clause)

She opened the door and let us into her home. Not realizing at the time that we would never enter that door in her home again. (dependent clause)

Making up his mind quickly. Jim ordered two dozen red roses for his wife. Hoping she would accept his apology. (dependent clause)

They were all having a good time. Until one of Joe's oldest and best friends had a little too much to drink. (dependent clause)

Run-On Sentence Exercise

Run-on sentences are in italics. Possible revisions to sentences are in parentheses.

We were really busy at the restaurant tonight. I waited tables straight through from 3:30 to 11:30 I never sat down for even one break. (I waited tables straight through from 3:30 to 11:30, and I never sat down for even one break.)

My dog had to go to the vet today. She cried and cried when they clipped her toenails, but then she was fine when they gave her a shot!

The book we had to read for class was really long my teacher doesn’t seem to understand that we have other classes to read for too. (The book we had to read for class was really long. My teacher doesn’t seem to understand that we have other classes to read for too.)

Comma Splice Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Possible revisions follow.

I didn’t like the movie, it was way too long. Possible revision 1: I didn’t like the movie. It was way too long. Possible revision 2: I didn’t like the movie because it was way too long.

She and Jerry are getting married in the fall, they didn’t want a summer wedding
. Possible revision 1: Because they didn’t want a summer wedding, she and jerry are getting married in the fall. Possible revision 2: She and Jerry didn’t want a summer wedding, so they are getting married in the fall.

My favorite bands are all really loud, playing loud music is good for stress relief. Possible revision 1: My favorite bands are all really loud; playing loud music is good for stress relief. Possible revision 2: My favorite bands are all really loud because playing loud music is good for stress relief.

Parallel Structure Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

The best music is loud, fun, and you can dance to it
. Revision: The best music is loud, fun, and easy to dance to.

Tomorrow afternoon I will shop for groceries, eat lunch with my brother, and be running all sorts of errands. Revision: Tomorrow afternoon I will shop for groceries, eat lunch with my brother, and run all sorts of errands.

That book we read for class was really long, wordy, and didn’t make any sense
. Revision: That book we read for class was really long, wordy, and confusing.

Modifier Exercise

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

Running for the bus, the rain started coming down in buckets and I got all wet
. Revision: Running for the bus, I got all wet when the rain started coming down in buckets.

The couch was kind of ugly in the furniture store. Revision: The couch in the furniture store was kind of ugly.

Having searched and searched for Mr. Right, it started to seem like he didn’t exist
. Revision: Having searched and searched for Mr. Right, I started to think he didn’t exist.

Coordination and Subordination Exercises

Original sentences are in italics. Revisions follow.

Coordination

He enjoys walking through the country. He often goes backpacking on his vacations.
Revision: He enjoys walking through the country, and he often goes backpacking on his vacations.

He often watched TV when there were only reruns. She preferred to read instead. Revision: He often watched TV when there were only reruns, but she preferred to read instead.

I didn't know which job I wanted. I decided to wait to choose. Revision: I didn’t know which job I wanted, so I decided to wait to choose.

Subordination

I stayed up all night last night studying for my Algebra exam. I was so tired all day today
. Revision: After staying up all night last night studying for my Algebra exam, I was so tired all day today.

Jerry and Elaine always go to movies together. They don’t go to movies together when Jerry is dating someone. Revision: Unless Jerry is dating someone, Jerry and Elaine always go to movies together.

Mad Season is a great band. They only put out one album. Revision: Mad Season is a great band even though they only put out one album.

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