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1.Is the group of words a simple sentence, a compound sentence, a run-on sentence, or a sentence fragment?

Her computer has new software, it runs much faster now.

A.
run-on sentence

B.
sentence fragment**

C.
compound sentence

D.
simple sentence

2.Is the group of words a simple sentence, a compound sentence, a run-on sentence, or a sentence fragment?

I should try to wake up early, I have to stay up late tonight.

A.
run-on sentence

B.
sentence fragment

C.
simple sentence

D.
compound sentence**

3.Is the group of words a simple sentence, a compound sentence, a run-on sentence, or a sentence fragment?

We could plan to meet later, we don't have to finish our project this morning.


A.
compound sentence

B.
sentence fragment

C.
run-on sentence**

D.
simple sentence

4.Which verb form correctly completes the sentence?

By the time they arrive tomorrow morning, we __________ the entire house.

A.
cleaned

B.
are cleaning

C.
will have cleaned**

D.
have cleaned

5.Which verb form correctly completes the sentence?

While Malcolm is finishing his math problems, Becky __________ on her science project.

A.
was working

B.
is working**

C.
worked

D.
has worked

6.Which verb form correctly completes the sentence?

Before we arrived in Montana, we already __________ across many of the Midwestern states.

A.
had drived

B.
had drove

C.
will have driven**

D.
had driven

7.Which verb form correctly completes the sentence?

Everybody __________ out into the dark cornfield to watch for meteors.

A.
gone

B.
went

C.
goed

D.
has went**

8.Which pronoun correctly completes the sentence?

This old television set once had an antenna connected to __________ back panel.

A.
it

B.
its'**

C.
its

D.
it's

9.Which pronoun correctly completes the sentence?

A great distance remained between Kelly and __________.

A.
me**

B.
I

C.
she

D.
they

10.Which pronoun correctly completes the sentence?

__________ will Ms. Alvarez send to the store?

A.
Who

B.
Whose

C.
Whom**

D.
Who's

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  1. #1 is not a fragment. Both clauses have a verb and a subject, so both are complete sentences. I'd call that a run sentence. #2 you are correct. The second clause explains the first. I would not say you would be wrong to say run-on, though. #3 is more clearly a compound sentence: the second clause clearly explains. why we could meet again later. 4 and 5 are correct. #6 is wrong. "arrived" is past tense, we "had driven" is past tense. #7 is B. #8 is C. It's is a contraction of "it is." #9 and #10 are correct.

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  2. 1, 2, and 3 are all run-ons. All three have independent clauses joined only by commas, but no conjunctions.

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  3. More specifically, 1, 2, and 3 are all comma splices:
    http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/commasplice.htm

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  4. Ah, you are right. The conjunction! Mea culpa. Thank you, writeacher.

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  5. =)

    Run-ons/comma splices are the hardest error for students to overcome, IMO ... well, next to basic comma usage!

    This is the absolute BEST book out there on punctuation! Funny read, too!
    http://www.amazon.com/Eats-Shoots-Leaves-Tolerance-Punctuation/dp/1592402038

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  6. Oh, I have grammar handbooks, but it's been a while since I refreshed myself. I know better, but didn't this time. It's been about 40 years since my coursework in teaching English. LOL

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  7. =)

    I just love that little book. She has managed to simplify the comma rules so that people don't have to learn/remember 8 or 10 or more rules ... which they're not likely to do anyway!

    And she's very funny, too!

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  8. I don't have that book. On your recommendation, I'll get it. It was on best seller lists for a long time, which is very surprising. And I know about the comma! I tried to explain to someone learning ESL (or refine his already articulate usage). I almost gave up.

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  9. 1.The (pitcher) throw the ball and the catcher catches pramply.

    2.The dog (always) chase a cat.

    3.We (harvest) vegetable more than we actually need today.

    4.Not all insects (be) harmful.

    5.(Be) Fe tacking a test now?

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  10. I would try to check questions like this on openstudy

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  11. is this person right for the others though?

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