GRAMMAR AND MECHANICS
Sentence Structure: Comma Splices (Exercise B)
1. Husbands and wives frequently disagree on important matters, that doesn't mean that their marriages are bad. ___ 2. If I were a rich man, I think I would be very happy. ___ 3. If I were a poor man, I could also be happy. ___ 4. I am neither a rich man nor a poor man, unfortunately, I am a member of the overburdened middle class. ___ 5. Working in a cold office is unpleasant, on the other hand, not working at all would be even more unpleasant. ___ 6. Boston is a major metropolis, yet it is small in comparison to New York City. ___ 7. Archeology is an interesting field of study, one problem, though, is the lack of career opportunities. ___ 8. This generation has been called the "me" generation, one wonders what the next generation will be called. ___ 9. If you so much as open your mouth to talk, I'll scream; I won't take this anymore. ___ 10. Hardship is supposed to build a person's character, but it does not do much for his bank account. ___ 11. Some holidays are greatly overrated, Valentine's Day is one of them. ___ 12. Electricity is really an abstract concept, it can't be seen, felt, or smelled. ___ 13. The boss gave me a deadline of thirty days, the project should be completed by then. ___ 14. Signs and slogans are unwanted intrusions into an individual's conscious thoughts, on the other hand, that's what ad agencies are paid to do. ___ 15. Sociologists claim that modern man has a passive character, he will usually accept, rather than fight. ___ 16. Because first impressions are so important, parents should choose their child's name with care. ___ Comma Splices in a Paragraph Identify the comma splices in the following paragraph by placing CS next to the sentence; then, correct the sentence. If the sentence is correct, then place a C beside it. (1) Do you want to start a violent argument? (2) You need not raise the traditionally inflammatory topics of politics, money, and religion, instead just mention chili. (3) For some Americans chili is an epicurean dish; for others, it is a tasteless, plebeian, fattening concoction to be avoided at all costs. (4) Some hostesses proudly plan a dinner party around chili, others would consider it the worst sort of affront to serve chili to guests. (5) In addition to the disagreement over the dish's merit, disputes abound over its preparations--disputes which pit parent against child, wife against husband, friend against friend, and set an otherwise quiet evening aflame. (6) Some connoisseurs, for example, insist that chili be made only with beef, with top-grade steak, carefully shredded, the preferable cut. (7) Others retort that any meat is acceptable, chili, in fact, has been made only with beef, with pork, mutton, even armadillo. (8) Another dispute is the presence or absence of beans. (9) For some, chili without kidney beans is not chili at all, others insist that putting beans in chili is like icing a home-made cake with canned frosting. (10) Finally, connoisseurs argue about the relative strength of the concoction, while some like it bland, others like it hot, so hot as to burn the tongue and provide a convenient excuse for another cold drink. (11) So take your choice; spurn the dish or enjoy its many varieties. (12) Just keep your opinions to yourself.
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