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9.1 Run-on Sentences: Pretest

Pretest
Instructions


A Pretest allows you to see what you need to concentrate on in the text.

Some of the items below are incorrect because they are run-on sentences, and some are correct sentences. If you decide an item is a run-on sentence, write a capital R in the space following the sentence; if you decide the sentence is correct, write a capital C. (Lower-case letters won't work.) Check each answer as you go along.

  1. We saw layers of earth from different epochs, they were like frozen time.
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  2. The windshield is clean, so you won't have any more trouble driving at night.
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  3. When you're through digging out the car, please shovel the walk.
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  4. Give him a chance to try the ladder, I'm sure he can do it.
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  5. Wait a few more minutes; they said they would be here within an hour.
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  6. We expected to have to wait in long lines, however we were wrong.
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  7. We can't wait to see you, put the date on your calendar.
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  8. Come with me the bus takes too long.
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  9. The milk is running low, please pick up some at the store.
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  10. Here comes Jenny she looks as if she's on cloud nine.
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  11. I can't read the ads every day, don't assume I'll see the job opening.
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  12. Junk mail always makes me laugh, it's so predictable.
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  13. I can do my own income tax forms since I'm working for a regular wage.
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  14. The moon is very bright, so I don't think we need the flashlight.
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  15. Cooler evenings are returning, that's what's making us so frisky.
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  16. We've run out of paper, and that's a good reason to end this lousy report.
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  17. They got everything they asked for, they also won a free meal.
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  18. I've just heard the news, but it can't be true.
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  19. The tallest woman on record was British, she was nearly eight feet tall.
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  20. Max cries when he's happy; meanwhile, he blushes and giggles.
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  21. There are about ninety elements in the earth's crust, but 98 percent of the earth's mass is made up of only eight of these elements.
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  22. Put the kettle on, I think we could both use a cup of tea.
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  23. First we'll call the airport, then we'll talk about the other plans.
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  24. We can't see some light rays, for example, infrared rays are beyond our perception.
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  25. Hand me a pole because I'm ready to plant the beans now.
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