Part I: Sentence Modifiers
Directions: revise the following sentences that contain either dangling or misplaced modifiers. Note: There will be more than one way to fix these sentences.
- Hurrying out the door, the door latch ripped a hole in my jacket.
- The curtains are pretty bright in the babyâ€™s room.
- After taking some medicine, my stomach settled down.
Part II: Sentence Modifiers
Directions: Identify each underlined phrase as a participial, appositive, or absolute modifying phrase.
- Between the sharp, loud crashing of cymbals, he pounded the bass drum, its deep thud resonating through the stadium.
- The guitarist followed the beat, strumming the chords rhythmically.
- A means to an end that will help you develop ideas for your paper, this classroom activity is both fun and productive.
- A slender animal with long legs, the cheetah is built for speed.
- Charging forward, the bass guitarist hit a series of quick, low notes.
- Legs wobbling, I struggled to stand up as the physical therapist rushed over to help.
- My wife watched from her chair, offering love and encouragement.
- Most universities require two courses in first-year composition, English I and English II.
- He grabbed my hands to steady me, both of us shuffling toward the treadmill.
- The students reading the highest number of pages during the break received a free book as an award.
Part III: Sentence Coordinators Answer Key
Directions: Using conjunctions and appropriate punctuation, fix sentences that have grammatical problems (such as run-on sentences or problems with parallel structure) and combine shorter sentences to make them longer. Some options for conjunctions are â€œand,â€ â€œbut,â€ â€œor,â€ â€œif,â€ â€œuntil.â€ Some types of punctuation are , : ; â€”.
- He saw the accident, it happened very quickly.
- They wanted to renovate their home, it had old paint and worn carpet.
- All of my favorite foods have high levels of salt, sugar and fat, I have a difficult time cooking healthier versions.
- They enjoy running a four-mile circuit. They usually run in the mornings before work.
- He usually exercises in the morning. She prefers to go to the gym at night.
- I did not know what to plan for my students next. I read through their drafts to make some decisions about tomorrowâ€™s in-class activities.
- Our textbook is engaging, informative, and you can read it quickly.
- Today I will grade several papers, develop a new assignment, and be gathering material for my latest research.
- I pulled an all-nighter working on my term paper. The next day, I needed some coffee to stay awake.
- Tom and Morgan usually eat dinner together. They donâ€™t eat dinner together when one of them has to work late.
- The Utah Jazz are a basketball team with a great history. They have had trouble winning a championship.
- I got a thank you note from a student she said she learned a great deal from the assignments we did.
Part IV: Identifying form classes
Directions: Identify the class of every word in the following sentences. Place your labels below the words: noun (n), verb (vb), adjective (adj), adverb (adv), determiner (det), auxiliary (aux), qualifier (qual), preposition (prep), conjunction (conj), expletive (exp), particle (part), pronoun (pro). Remember: Some words can serve as members of different classes, depending on how they are used.
- Scholarships can help a student, but they may not cover the full cost of a degree.
- We waited until they arrived.
- If time is of the essence, is it not rather important?
- Smart phones have made texting a standard form of communication.
- Do not answer the questions until I start the timer.
- We are cold in this weather, but we will not be cold forever.
- My parents did not arrive on the plane; they drove here from their hotel.
- Experience shows us that we must always reflect on our teaching.
- A number of students show up to class and expect us to provide an informative lesson.
- Give me a dime, and I will give you ten pennies.
- If you have two fives, I can give you a ten.
- He always allows children to express their creativity in his classes.
- He can be so hilarious that he can have his audience in stitches.
- Everyday people are usually courteous.
- When my brother looks up that book, we hope we can purchase it online.