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COMM 215 Final Guide NEW
1. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: That movie, one of my favorites.
2. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: The local baseball team, needing a good pitcher most of all.
3. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: Using a flashlight, he looked under the bed for his shoes.
4. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three employees from our company and one from our competitor WAS fired
5. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three of my friends LIKE this band.
6. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Six girls and one boy WAS in the dance class.
7. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
“This is a fantastic opportunity”, the salesman insisted.
8. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
“Are you serious ?!?” Fred asked.
9. Quotation marks are correctly used in the following sentence, the entire sentence is correctly punctuated, and all words in the sentence are correctly capitalized:
My best friend said that “She’d heard something like that.”
Part II: Multiple Choice
In the following sentences, identify if the word grouping contains sentence fragments, a comma splice, or a run-on sentence, or if the grouping is a complete sentence.
10. Cats, unlike dogs and fond of sitting on laps.
11. I don’t know what you want me to do, the directions are not clear.
12. While I like bacon, it is not good for me.
13. I like chocolate she likes butterscotch.
Identify the pronoun error in each of the following sentences.
14. When one buys insurance, you need to be clear about your needs.
15. The teacher said they were going to grade the test over the weekend.
16. Sally told Janice that she made the honor roll.
17. The new employees worked long hours, hoping that doing so would advance their careers.
18. Dave hoped that Steve and __ would win the tennis tournament.
19. Lisa hoped that Shelly had remembered to ask her mother for the chocolate chip cookies.
Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:
20. When we we’re (A) on our way home, we were (B) eager to get they’re (C).
21. Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:
“Put the clothes over they’re (A),” he said. “That is where they’re (B) going.”
22. Identify the location or locations where apostrophe errors occur:
When the dog knocked over it’s (A) bowl, the little girl claimed that the dog wasn’t (B) her’s (C).
23. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The company president inspired his employees (A), charmed the press (B), and redefined his company’s strategic plan (C)
24. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The clown juggles (A), makes balloon animals (B), and will paint faces (C)
25. Which portion of this sentence followed by a letter is not parallel?
The retired fireman liked fishing (A), to hunt (B), and watching basketball on television (C)
26. Coose the correct verb tenses required in the following sentence.
Whenever I __ to the grocery, I always ___ for fresh produc
27. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
In light of recent developments, the company president ___ his position.
28. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
29. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
In retrospect, Jason shouldn’t have taken that important business call right after he’d been ___.
Choose the answer that completes each sentence correctly.
30. Investing in pure research ___ yields no immediate profit, can be hard to justify when a company
31. I had hoped the police would blame Bruce, not ___.
32. Some interviewers ____ have a clear sense of what they want in an employee, ask very tough
33. A venture capitalist has to be willing to take risks when ___ invests ___ money
34. Many times people will ask a writer where ____ gets ____ ideas.
Part III: Revision
In this section of the final, revise the sentences provided to correct the grammar errors indicated. (In many cases there will be more than one correct alternative to the sentence provided; credit will be given for all correct answers.)
Revise the following word groups to remove all fragments and/or parallelism errors.
35. I like baseball because it is fun and teaches me about the sport.
36. The White Sox are really good at the fundamentals of baseball. Which is why they won the World Series in 2005.
Revise the following word groups to remove all run-on sentences.
37. Studying is hard work many students find they study better when they take regular breaks.
38. Some tests are so hard that no one does well on them other tests are too easy and don’t really test comprehension.
Revise the following sentences so that the subjects and verbs agree with one another.
39. One of my friends want to attend my graduation ceremony.
40. Seven cats, two monkeys, and a dog plays in the store window.
Revise the following sentences to remove all pronoun errors.
41. When a police officer fires his gun, he must fill out a lot of paperwork.
42. When a teacher writes an exam, they think about what aspects of student learning they want to test.
Revise the following sentences to remove all apostrophe errors.
43. Some people know where they parked they’re car’s, and some dont.
44. I gave you your’s, and Im sorry if its broken now.
Revise the following sentences to make one of the existing sentences subordinate to the other.
45. The hurricane destroyed some oil rigs. Fuel prices rose.
46. People know they are going to have to retire. They often don’t save enough money to do so comfortably.
Revise the following sentences to remove all errors in the use of quotation marks and all incorrect punctuation.
47. Have you ever read the story “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe? Dave asked.
48. Did the professor say Put down your pencils? Janice asked.
Revise the following sentences to create parallel constructions.
49. To succeed in the new economy, workers will have to learn throughout their careers, adapt to changing circumstances, and self-motivation will be needed.
50. Some students hate math; some students dislike math, and math is liked by other students.