Sentence Problems Exercise

Is this sentence a run-on?

  1. The bookcase is full we need another one.
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  1. The monkeys in the primate house at the zoo have learned that they can manipulate zoo visitors into giving them carrots.

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Correct any sentence that is a run-on.

  1. A thunderstorm is coming and it might have lightning we should go inside.
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  1. Medieval cathedrals often used stained glass windows to tell stories to those who could not read.
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  1. An octopus swam through the water coral reefs were all around.
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Is this sentence a comma splice?

  1. This restaurant makes the best French fries, smothered in garlic and Parmesan cheese.
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  1. Steven Spielberg is famous for his movies, he is known all around the world.

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Correct any sentence that is a comma splice.

  1. The Renaissance was fueled in part by the printing press, a technology known in Asia for centuries.
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  1. Many people believe that dreams can predict the future, dreams are often symbolic.
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  1. No one believed he would go through with it, the odds were against him.
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Identify the sentence fragment.

  1. Using the VCR. I am taping my favorite TV show right now.
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  1. Soon Lee wants to be a fashion designer. Because of the beautiful dresses.

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Correct the sentence fragments.

  1. The Louvre Museum is full of art treasures. From many countries and time periods.
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  1. Since the recession. The school’s budget has been severely cut.
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  1. His eyes wide. The little boy watched the circus acrobats.
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Move the dangling participle to its correct position.

  1. The porcelain statue was still in the curio case broken in the middle.
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  1. A woman was struck by a car bicycling to work.

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Correct any sentences with misplaced modifiers.

  1. Driving in the storm, a large branch fell on my car.
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  1. When reading the play, it must be remembered that Shakespeare knew nothing about modern psychology.
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  1. Without a tutor to help him, calculus proved too difficult for Larry.
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  1. Worried about his sister, Mario could not concentrate on the lecture.
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  1. At the age of six, my mother gave me a violin.
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(Please note that many acceptable corrections exist; these answers are only examples.)

Is this element restrictive or nonrestrictive?

  1. The sunglasses with the purple frames are mine.
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  1. The city of New Orleans, once governed by France, is a popular vacation spot.
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