Sentence skills. . .?
1. Which of the following is a run-on sentence?
A. Mike joined the army, and he became more disciplined during the training.
B. We like to take a walk after dinner.
C. Karen's uncle arrives tomorrow she wants to see him.
D. The house was owned by the mayor.
2. In which sentence is the punctuation correct?
A. Marge said "The train is just leaving".
B. Marge "said The train is just leaving."
C. Marge said The train is just leaving.
D. Marge said, "The train is just leaving."
3. A restrictive clause is one that
A. limits the meaning of the word it describes.
B. functions as an adverb.
C. usually occurs at the beginning of a sentence.
D. should be set off by commas.
4. Which sentence contains words in italics that form a gerund phrase? (A gerund is a verb form used the
same way as a noun.)
A. I am going home.
B. An interesting novel provides good entertainment.
C. Winning the race demanded speed and endurance.
D. The laughing boy sat down.
5. Which sentence uses the passive voice?
A. The rain continued until dawn.
B. The tree was planted by Mary.
C. Lies destroy friendship.
D. John searched for a job.
6. Which one of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
A. The sea, calmed, but no boats, left shore.
B. The sea calmed; but no boats, left shore.
C. The sea calmed but no boats left shore.
D. The sea calmed, but no boats left shore.
7. Which of the following is a complex sentence that contains a dependent adverbial clause?
A. Mark expects the photo to arrive late.
B. Mark expects the photo to arrive in damaged condition.
C. Mark expects the photo to arrive when the letter arrives.
D. Mark expects the photo to arrive on Tuesday.
8. A split infinitive is an infinitive that
A. is used as an adjective or a noun.
B. is used without the word "to."
C. must have a subject.
D. has a word between "to" and the verb.
9. Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?
A. Mr. Jones visited the YMCA before becoming a member.
B. The local police asked the F.B.I. to assist with the case.
C. The company held it's annual party at the convention center.
D. Mary remembered to buy milk didn't she?
10. Which of the following is a fragment?
A. The truth can be unpleasant.
B. The rams locked horns, and the tourists watched them from far away.
C. The canoe with the blue stripes.
D. The dancer floated across the stage.
11. Which of the following choices best describes the error in this sentence?
The man is a scientist with a keen sense of observation and who dedicates long hours in the lab.
A. Uneven parallelism
B. Misplaced modifier
C. Dangling modifier
12. In which of these sentences are quotation marks used incorrectly?
A. "Neither a lender nor a borrower be," he said
B. Raising her hand in warning, she said, "Be gone, you wicked spirit."
C. "I could not believe she said, 'I never worry,'" Kate muttered.
D. "What can you possibly mean by that"! she stormed.
13. In which of the following sentences is a semicolon used correctly?
A. Joe watered the garden but the plants; did not grow.
B. Joe watered the garden; however, the plants did not grow.
C. Joe watered; the garden yet the plants did not grow.
D. Joe watered the garden and; the plants did not grow.
14. The infinitive is the most versatile verb form because it can be used as
A. a verb, an adverb, or a conjunction.
B. a verb, a noun, an adjective, or an adverb.
C. a verb, a noun, an adverb, or an interjection.
D. a verb, an adjective, or a preposition.
15. Which of the following is true regarding a restrictive adjectival clause?
A. It will typically include the relative pronoun which.
B. It will follow a proper noun.
C. It will be set off by commas.
D. It will follow a general noun and is not set off by commas.
16. Identify the compound sentence.
A. The rain began to fall, but we did not want to leave.
B. While it rained on the beach, we swam in the ocean.
C. Last summer, we decided to drive to the beach.
D. Because it had been sunny all week, we did not bring umbrellas.
17. The following sentence is an example of which primary English sentence pattern?
The toddler tossed his father the ball.
A. Pronoun+ subject+ interrogative verb
B. Subject+ action verb+ indirect object+ direct object
C. Subject+ action verb + direct object
D. Subject+ verb +object +object complement