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October 23, 2014

Homework Help: COMM 215

Posted by Ashley on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 8:48am.

Please guide me on what I have done incorrectly:

Part I: True or False

1. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: That movie, one of my favorites.
X True
__False

2. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: The local baseball team, needing a good pitcher most of all.
X True
__False

3. The following word group is a FRAGMENT: Using a flashlight, he looked under the bed for his shoes.
__True
X False

4. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three employees from our company and one from our competitor WAS fired.
X True
__False

5. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Three of my friends LIKE this band.
X True
__False

6. The capitalized verb agrees with the subject: Six girls and one boy WAS in the dance class.
__True
X False

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.
X True
__False

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.
__True
X False

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."
__True
X False

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.
X Sentence fragment
__ Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

11. I don't know what you want me to do, the directions are not clear.
__ Sentence fragment
X Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

12. While I like bacon, it is not good for me.
__ Sentence fragment
__ Comma splice
__ Run-on sentence
X Complete sentence (contains no error)

13. I like chocolate she likes butterscotch.
__ Sentence fragment
__ Comma splice
X Run-on sentence
__ Complete sentence (contains no error)

Identify the pronoun error in each of the following sentences.

14. When one buys insurance, you need to be clear about your needs.
__ Pronoun shift in number
X Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
__ No error

15. The teacher said they were going to grade the test over the weekend.
X Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
__ No error

16. Sally told Janice that she made the honor role.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
X No error

17. The new employees worked long hours, hoping that doing so would advance their careers.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
X No error

18. Dave hoped that Steve and __ would win the tennis tournament.
__ him
__ himself
X he
__ his

19. Lisa hoped that Shelly had remembered to ask her mother for the chocolate chip cookies.
__ Pronoun shift in number
__ Pronoun shift in person
__ Ambiguous reference
X No error

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).
__Only A
__Only B
__Only C
X A and 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."
X Only A
__Only B
__A and B
__No error

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).
__Only A
__Only B
__Only C
X A and 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).
__A
__B
__C
X No error

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).
__A
__B
X C
__No error

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).
__A
X B
__C
__No error

26. Choose the correct verb tenses required in the following sentence.
Whenever I __ to the grocery, I always ___ for fresh produce.
X went/looked
__ went/look
__ go/looked
__ had gone/look

27. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
In light of recent developments, the company president ___ his position.
__ rethink
__ rethinked
X rethought
__ rethoughted

28. Choose the appropriate irregular verb form in the following sentence.
I was surprised by how successful Janice ____.
__ become
X had become
__ became
__ had became

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 ___.
__ awake
__ awaked
X awakened
__ awaken

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 is in financial difficulties.
__ who
__ which
X , which
__ that

31. I had hoped the police would blame Bruce, not ___.
X me
__ myself
__ mineself
__I

32. Some interviewers ____ have a clear sense of what they want in an employee, ask very tough questions.
__ who
__, who
__ which
X that

33. A venture capitalist has to be willing to take risks when ___ invests ___ money.
__ they /their
__ he / his
__ she /her
X he or she /his or her


34. Many times people will ask a writer where ____ gets ____ ideas.
X they/their.
__ he/his
__ she/her
__ he or she/his or her

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 playing 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, and 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 wants to attend my graduation ceremony.

40. Seven cats, two monkeys, and a dog play in the store window.

Revise the following sentences to remove all pronoun errors.

41. When a police officer fires his or her gun, he or she must fill out a lot of paperwork.

42. When teachers write exams, they think about what aspects of learning they want to test.

Revise the following sentences to remove all apostrophe errors.

43. Some people know where they parked their cars, and some don’t.

44. I gave you yours, and I’m sorry if it’s broken now.

Revise the following sentences to make one of the existing sentences subordinate to the other.

45. The hurricane destroyed some oil rigs and the fuel prices rose.

46. People know they are going to have to retire, but 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 have self-motivation.

50. Some students hate math, some dislike math, and some like math.

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