GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Sentence Structure: Fragments (Exercise A)
Identifying and Correcting Fragments In the blank at the right, write C if the sentence is correct or Frag if the group of words is a fragment. Make the fragments into complete sentences. 1. While trying to sound aristocratic. ______________ 2. Most temptations should be resisted. ______________ 3. Dieted for a month with no visible results. ______________ 4. The bright green plant with the red flowers on the windowsill. ______________ 5. The youth tried unsuccessfully to save the drowning cat. ______________ 6. Because desperation overcame prudence. ______________ 7. The yellow-and-red stained-glass ornament by the patio doors. ______________ 8. Whenever I even thought of protesting. ______________ 9. Quickly and angrily threw the ball at his enemy's head. ______________ 10. He submitting his resignation to his supervisor ______________ at the same time. 11. While skating on the lake, the children scared three geese away. ______________ 12. Colds being viral infections. ______________ 13. While the flu is not cured by antibiotics. ______________ 14. Filled with happiness and excitement on this glorious day. ______________ 15. The child on the rusted swing by the side of of the lake. ______________ 16. Before he left on his first trip to Europe. ______________ 17. Although he was caught in an unhappy marriage, John decided not to seek a divorce. ______________ 18. Each year, approximately the same number of people get divorced as get married. ______________ 19. Many people still catching colds in the spring because they don't dress properly. ______________ 20. The medical profession is a vastly over-paid one, according to some economists. ______________ Identifying and Correcting Fragments in a Paragraph Read the following paragraph carefully. If a sentence is correct, then place a C over the number at the beginning of the sentence. If a group of words is a fragment, then place Frag over the number and make the fragment into a complete sentence. (1) When an American envisions a country and western singer, he usually imagines one of two types. (2) The Nashville crooner complete with his fringed shirt and sparkling cowboy boots or the outlaw in faded jeans, an old shirt, and scuffed boots. (3) Both visions are correct. (4) From its origins in the traditional folk songs, country music is now a very popular musical genre. (5) While styles of individual singers have changed from the down- home look of Hank Williams in the forties and fifties to the flamboyant wigs and arresting sequined gowns of Dolly Parton. (6) The songs essentially remain the same. (7) The lyrics usually tell a story about personal problems. (8) Perhaps Hank Williams' "Lost Highway," one of the best country songs, best expresses the major themes: "A deck of cards, a jug of wine, and a woman's lies make a life like mine." (9) The lure of gambling, the heady thrill of liquor, and the sorrow of unfulfilled love constant themes. (10) More recently, singers incorporating electric guitars, full symphony orchestras, and synthesizers to create a more contemporary sound. (11) However, for all of the new rhythms, sounds, and clothing, life's everyday problems remain the major themes in country and western music.
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