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Identifying and Fixing Sentence Fragments | Practice 1

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Based on this lesson, identify the sentence that contain fragments. If there is a sentence fragment, use the space provide to type your correction. (There may be multiple ways to correct a fragment.)

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1. Because the lecture was so monotonous, some students fell asleep. Or just left the room.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: Or just left the room.

Possible correction 1: Because the lecture was so monotonous, some students fell asleep or just left the room.

Possible correction 2: Because the lecture was so monotonous, some students fell asleep. Others just left the room.

Possible correction 3: Some students fell asleep or just left the room because the lecture was so monotonous.

2. Moving slowly because of the darkness. The survivors moved from room to room looking for a way out.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: Moving slowly because of the darkness.

Possible correction 1: Moving slowly because of the darkness, the survivors moved from room to room looking for a way out.

Possible correction 2: The survivors moved slowly because of the darkness. They moved from room to room looking for a way out.

3. More can be done to slow climate change. Researcher John Eccles argues.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: Researcher John Eccles argues.

Possible correction: Researcher John Eccles argues that more can be done to slow climate change.

4. Panda bears survive on a very limited diet of bamboo. Eating up to 84 pounds of bamboo per day.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: Eating up to 84 pounds of bamboo per day.

Possible correction: Panda bears survive on a very limited diet of bamboo, eating up to 84 pounds of it a day.

5. After questioning each of the witnesses, the police left the scene. No further investigations were conducted.

Correction (if needed):

No sentence fragment.

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6. Studies found no negative effects in states that legalized the use of recreational cannabis. A surprise for the politicians who had opposed the move.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: A surprise for many politicians who had opposed the move.

Possible correction 1: Studies found no negative effects in states that legalized the use of recreational cannabis, which surprised the politicians who had opposed the move.

Possible correction 2: Studies found no negative effects in states that legalized the use of recreational cannabis. These findings surprised the politicians who had opposed the move.

7. Seatbelts can save your life. Something many Americans learn from firsthand experience each day.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: Something many Americans learn from firsthand experience each day.

Possible correction 1: Seatbelts can save your life. That is something that many Americans learn from firsthand experience each day.

Possible correction 2: Many Americans learn from firsthand experience each day that seatbelts can save your life.

8. Inflation is still on the rise. Despite the president’s mesusures to fight its root causes. Indicating that it may take longer than expected to reduce it.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment 1: Despite the president’s measures to fight its root causes.

Sentence fragment 2: Indicating that it may take longer than expected to reduce it.

Possible correction 1: Inflation is still on the rise despite the president’s measures to fight its root causes, indicating that it may take longer than expected to reduce it.

Possible correction 2: Inflation is still on the rise despite the president’s measures to fight its root causes. This indicates that it may take longer than expected to reduce it.

Possible correction 3: Despite the president’s measures to fight its root causes, inflation is still on the rise, indicating that it may take longer than expected to reduce it.

9. APA-style formatting is commonly used in the fields of psychology, education, and science. MLA-style formatting in the humanities, including literature and art.

Correction (if needed):

Sentence fragment: MLA-style formatting in the humanities, including literature and art.

Possible correction 1: APA-style formatting is commonly used in the fields of psychology, education, and science whereas MLA-style formatting is used in the humanities, including literature and art.

Possible correction 2: APA-style formatting is commonly used in the fields of psychology, education, and science while MLA-style formatting is used in the humanities, including literature and art.

Possible correction 2: APA-style formatting is commonly used in the fields of psychology, education, and science. MLA-style formatting is commonly used in the humanities, including literature and art.

Possible correction 3: APA-style formatting is commonly used in the fields of psychology, education, and science. On the other hand, MLA-style formatting is commonly used in the humanities, including literature and art.

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Correction (if needed):

No sentence fragment, only the truth. #coolbeans :)

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