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Identifying Sentence Errors

Instructions: Identify fragments, run-on sentences, and comma splices in the following sentences; if there is no error, choose the "no error" option. After you identify the error, fix it by writing a complete sentence (in the case of fragments) or a sentence that is joined correctly (in the cases of run-ons and comma splices). There is more than one way to fix most sentences.

Question 1:


a) no error
b) run-on
c) comma splice
d) fragment

Question 2:


a) fragment
b) run-on
c) comma splice
d) no error

Question 3:


a) no error
b) run-on
c) fragment
d) comma splice

Question 4:


a) comma splice
b) run-on
c) no error
d) fragment

Question 5:


a) comma splice
b) fragment
c) run-on
d) no error

Question 6:


a) no error
b) comma splice
c) fragment
d) run-on

Question 7:


a) comma splice
b) no error
c) fragment
d) run-on

Question 8:


a) comma splice
b) no error
c) run-on
d) fragment

Question 9:


a) run-on
b) fragment
c) comma splice
d) no error

Question 10:


a) no error
b) run-on
c) comma splice
d) fragment

Question 11:


a) run-on
b) no error
c) fragment
d) comma splice

Question 12:


a) comma splice
b) no error
c) fragment
d) run-on

Question 13:


a) comma splice
b) fragment
c) run-on
d) no error

Question 14:


a) no error
b) fragment
c) comma splice
d) run-on

Question 15:


a) run-on
b) comma splice
c) no error
d) fragment