Grammar Exercise 4 To Be Distributed to Students in Week Seven

Rewrite the following sentences, focusing on the grammar area specified in the left column. To enter your answer, click next to the number and begin typing. If the sentence is already correct, write No Change.

Punctuation within Sentences—Colon The book had some nice features, such as: a hard-bound cover, a ribbon for a bookmark, and the author’s signature.
Your answer: 1.

Punctuation within Sentences—Colon German grammar is simple: in that language, there are no exceptions to the rules.

Your answer: 2.

Punctuation within Sentences—Colon Her daughter went on a diet that consisted of all fast food: hamburgers, hot dogs, and french fries.
Your answer: 3.

Punctuation within Sentences—Colon The little boy handed Santa a list that said he wanted: a truck, a train, and a million dollars.
Your answer: 4.

Punctuation within Sentences—Dash Her mind flew so quickly—she had so much to remember—that she forgot to stop at the light.
Your answer: 5.

Punctuation within Sentences—Dash The gardener—took the and the shovel—and began to plant the flowers.
Your answer: 6.

Punctuation within Sentences—Hyphen You will need to write both short- and long-term goals.
Your answer: 7.

Punctuation within Sentences—Hyphen The president-elect of the Rotary Club had the winning lottery ticket.
Your answer: 8.

Punctuation within Sentences—Hyphen Please buy three half gallon containers of ice cream for the party.
Your answer: 9.

Punctuation within Sentences—Hyphen The ill defined terms somehow were not clear to her.
Your answer: 10.

Punctuation within Sentences—Parentheses The police officer checked her rear-view mirror when she heard the screeching tires. (Someone had rear-ended her the night before).
Your answer: 11.
Punctuation within Sentences—Parentheses You should be able to complete your program in two (2) years.
Your answer: 12.
Punctuation within Sentences—Parentheses The textbook had recently been revised. (The last revision took place in 1992.)
Your answer: 13.
Punctuation within Sentences—Square Brackets The politician argued [in quite a pompous way that the] state government had never been in better hands.
Your answer: 14.
Punctuation within Sentences—Square Brackets The sixth-grader had written in his essay that “his school experience had been deploreable [deplorable].”
Your answer: 15.


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  2. 1)Dangling Modifiers Flying over the oak tree, the farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops.

    Your answer: 1. The farmer saw the flock of birds that had damaged his crops flying over the oak tree.

    2)Dangling Modifiers Ironing out all wrinkles, the pants looked much more presentable.

    Your answer: 2. The pants looked much more presentable when I ironed out all the wrinkles.

    3)Dangling Modifiers The police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft on Monday afternoon.

    Your answer: 3. On Monday afternoon, the police chief posted the mandate against hubcap theft.

    4)Dangling Modifiers Until the beef has been rubbed with garlic oil, do not put it into the skillet.
    Your answer: 4. Do not put the beef into the skillet until it has been rubbed with garlic oil.

    5)Dangling Modifiers He found his glasses crawling under the couch.
    Your answer: 5. Crawling under the couch he found his glasses.

    6)Predication Our resolutions should begin at midnight on January 1.

    Your answer: 6. Executing our resolutions should begin at midnight on January 1.
    7)Predication The reason for the cat’s illness is because she was allergic to the dog.

    Your answer: 7. The reason for the cat’s illness is that she was allergic to the dog.

    8)Predication A book that has an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.

    Your answer: 8. Reading a book that has an exciting introduction and a surprising ending would be the best story for me to read.

    9)Predication The driving exam is when one is tested on the rules of the road.

    Your answer: 9. Taking the driving exam is when one is tested on the rules of the road.

    10)Predication The Homeowners Association rules were created to ensure that the neighborhood looked nice.

    Your answer: 10. Creating the Homeowners Association rules ensured that the neighborhood looked nice.

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