Sentence Skills Sample – Free Exercises for Sentence Correction
Below you will find a free sample of the sentence skills exercises from our practice tests.
Feel free to use these exercises for your self-study. However, please do not copy them to other websites or PDFs.
1. John is absent today. Because he is ill.
A. today. Because he is ill.
B. today because he is ill.
C. today, because he is ill.
D. today: because he is ill.
2. My apartment which is air conditioned, is cool in the summer.
A. apartment which is air conditioned,
B. apartment, which is air conditioned,
C. apartment, which is air conditioned
D. apartment which is air conditioned
3. John can run faster than me.
A. faster than me.
B. faster than I.
C. faster than myself.
D. faster, than I.
4. Outrunning the other players on the football field, I saw Jack score the winning touchdown.
A. field, I saw Jack score
B. field, I saw Jack scoring
C. field, Jack scored
D. field, Jack scoring
5. When you pay with a stolen credit card, this is known as larceny.
A. When you pay with a stolen credit card, this
B. You pay with a stolen credit card, this
C. Paying with a stolen credit card, this
D. Paying with a stolen credit card
Sentence Skills Part 1 – Answers for Sentence Correction Exercises
Now have a look at the answers to the sentence skills exercises provided below. You should pay special attention to the grammatical principles stated in each one, as well as keeping in mind the basic rules of punctuation.
1. The correct answer is B. The correct form of the sentence is: John is absent today because he is ill.
When used in the middle of a sentence, the word “because” should not be preceded by any punctuation. However, if you begin the sentence with “because”, you need to use a comma: Because he is ill, John is absent today. Note that the grammatical classification of “because” is that of a subordinator. Please refer to our study guide for more information and explanations on the correct use of subordinators.
2. The correct answer is B. The corrected version of the sentence is: My apartment, which is air conditioned, is cool in the summer.
In this sentence, the clause “which is air conditioned” provides extra, non-essential information about the speaker’s apartment. When extra information is given in a sentence, commas must be used before and after the clause containing the information.
3. The correct answer is B. The sentence should read as follows: John can run faster than I. When comparing yourself to someone else by using the word “than,” the word “than” must be followed by “I”.
4. The correct answer is C. The correct sentence is: Outrunning the other players on the football field, Jack scored the winning touchdown.
The phrase “outrunning the other players on the football field” describes Jack. Therefore, the name “Jack” must come after this phrase. The past tense (scored) must be used because the action is completed at the time of speaking.
5. The correct answer is D. The new sentence is constructed like this: Paying with a stolen credit card is known as larceny.
The words “paying with a stolen credit card” form the grammatical subject of this sentence. This type of -ing phrase is known as a present participle phrase. Since the phrase forms the grammatical subject of the sentence, it must be followed directly by a verb (“is”).
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