Sentence- Skills Diagnostic Test

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Angela Zheng

English Comp I 1101

Sentence- Skills Diagnostic Test

Fragments

____X___ 1. Until his mother called him twice. Barry did not get out of the bed. He had stayed up too late the night before.

Until his mother called him twice, Barry did not get out of the bed. He had stayed up too late the night before.

____C___ 2. After I slid my aching bones into the hot water of the tub, I realized there was no soap. I didn’t want to get out again.

____X___ 3. Mother elephants devote much of their time to child care. Nursing their babies up to eight years.

Mother elephants devote much of their time to child care, nursing their babies up to eight years.

____X___ 4. Sweating under this heavy load. Brain staggered up the stairs to his apartment. He felt as though his legs were crumbling beneath him.

Sweating under this heavy load, Brain staggered up the stairs to his apartment. He felt as though his legs were crumbling beneath him.

____C___ 5. I love to eat and cook Italian food, especially lasagna and ravioli. I make everything from scratch.

____X___ 6. One of my greatest joy is life is eating desserts. Such as blueberry cheesecake and vanilla cream puff. Almond fudge cake makes me want to dance.

One of my greatest joy is life is eating desserts, such as blueberry cheesecake and vanilla cream puff and almond fudge cake makes me want to dance.

Run-Ons

____C___ 7. He decided to stop smoking, for he didn’t want to die of lung cancer.

____C___ 8. The window shade snapped up like a gunshot; her cat leaped four feet of the floor.

____C___ 9. Billy is the meanest little kid on this block; he eats only the heads of the animal crackers.

____X___ 10.He knew he had flunked the driver’s exam, he ran over a stop sign.

He knew he had flunked the driver’s exam and he ran over a stop sign.

____X___ 11. My first boyfriend was five years old. We met every day in the playground sandbox.

My first boyfriend was five years old; we met every day in the playground sandbox.

____C___ 12.The store owner watched the shopper carefully, she suspected him of stealing from here before.

Standard English Verbs

____X___ 15. When I was about to finish my work last night, a man walk in to the restraint and ordered two dozen hamburgers.

When I was about to finish my work last night, a man walked in to the restraint and ordered two dozen hamburgers.

____X___ 16. Charlotte react badly whenever she caught in a traffic jam.

Charlotte reacts badly whenever she caught in a traffic jam.

Irregular Verbs

____C___ 19. When the Mud slide started, the whole neighborhood began going downhill.

____X___ 20. Juan has rode the bus to school for two years whole saving for a car.

Juan had ridden the bus to school for two years whole saving for a car.

Subject-Verb Agreement

____C___ 23. One of the crooked politicians was jailed for a month.

____X___ 24. The cockroaches behind my stove gets high on Raid.

The cockroaches behind my stove get high on Raid.

Consistent Verb Tense

____C___ 25.My brother and I played video games for an hour before we start to do homework.

____C___ 27. Sandy eats a nutritional breakfast, skips lunch and then enjoys a big dinner.

____X___ 28. His parents stayed together for his sake; only after he graduates from college they were divorced.

His parents stayed together for his sake; only after he graduated from college they were divorced.

Pronoun Agreement, Reference, and Point of view

____C___ 31. Every guest at the party dressed like their favorite cartoon character.

____X___ 32. Persons camping in those woods should watch their step because of wild dogs.

Persons camping in those woods should watch them step because of wild dogs.

____C___ 33. Angry because he had struck out, Tony hurled the baseball bat at the fence and broke it....
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