Fragments/Run-ons/Comma Splices Worksheet

In Class Writing Worksheet
Fragments/Run-ons/Comma Splices Worksheet
Rewrite the following sentences to correct the fragments.
1. While keeping pets is fun. It is also a big responsibility.
2. Pets can cause problems. Jumping up and down and scratching furniture.
3. The field trip to the zoo has been cancelled. Because all of the children are sick today.
4. Ms. Webster, our English teacher, was very cool. Allowing the paper to be handed in
5. We had a feast for dinner. After the roast was cooked.
6. The choir sang Christmas carols. The entire evening.
7. Jackie enjoys baking and eating desserts. Especially chocolate cake.
8. We could not finish rehearsing. Since we were completely out of time.
9. The team went out for pizza to celebrate. Having won the championship.
10. We aced the test. Because we studied all night.
Identify whether the following sentences are run-ons or comma
splices. Rewrite each sentence to correct the problem.
1. ____ Baked Alaska is scrumptious it is, however, quite fattening.
2. ____ Dogs are great pets to have for example they are good companions and they protect
3.____ Amy and I quickly ate at the sandwich shop on campus, we hurried to class
4. ____ On my first trip camping, I was afraid of seeing snakes my friends never told me about
the bears until I walked onto the path of one.
5. ____ I called John, he didn’t know rehearsal had been cancelled.
6. ____ The Statue of Liberty was a gift from the French people they contributed the funds for
its construction in Paris.
7. ____ One of the world’s richest concentrations of dinosaur footprints is found on the South
Korean coast, they are embedded in petrified mud.
8. ____ There’s a berserk gorilla at the front door, don’t let him in.
9. ____ The best teas in the world are grown on the slopes of the Himalayas they have a deep,
rich flavor.
10. ____ Tornadoes consist of winds with speeds of thirty to forty miles an hour, some have
speeds even higher and they cause the most deaths.
Directions: Rewrite the following paragraph, finishing each unfinished sentence
by joining it to a finished sentence next to it. Where necessary, add words, omit
words, or change punctuation.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle a British novelist and storyteller. Best known for his stories about
Sherlock Holmes. Who was a famous detective. Dr. Watson was a friend of Holmes. Helping
him whenever he could. Watson was always surprised at the clues Holmes managed to find.
Since he wasn't as smart as Holmes. I enjoyed seeing if I could solve Holmes's cases before he
revealed the solution. It was a simple matter of putting pieces together. In their proper order. It
was like finishing a jigsaw puzzle. Being finally able to see the whole picture. I was able to
figure out more than Watson. Who was always two steps behind. But usually had to wait until
the last chapter. To see how Holmes solved the case. There was an element of suspense. To make
me wonder how he would find the clue he needed.
Sentence sense: before each number, insert S for a correct sentence, F for a
fragment, CS for a comma splice, and RO for a run-on sentence.
_____ 1. Set the alarm, and I'll study in the morning.
_____ 2. Our team lost last night therefore, we can't enter the tournament.
_____ 3. TV weather maps have various symbols, for example, a big apostrophe means drizzle.
_____ 4. When the mining machines rumbled away, the ruined mountain was left barren and
_____ 5. Swimming along the edge of the river where it was not deep.
_____ 6. First the horse trotted then he broke into a gallop.
_____ 7. After having read several articles in the newspaper about the European situation.
_____ 8. He was a strange fellow nevertheless, I liked him.
_____ 9. Derivations are important as they help you remember important words.
_____ 10. I have done my homework for tomorrow, I have also finished my term paper.
_____ 11. Jim hoped that someone would come to relieve him, for he had been there since
_____ 12. He put off writing his paper until an hour before class, of course, he didn't get it
_____ 13. Having walked through the forest all morning without a break and being tired.
_____ 14. Suddenly the string broke the beads bounced over the floor.
_____ 15. He studied for his examination all afternoon moreover, he didn't even hear his friends
_____ 16. Use a word three times, and you won't forget it.
_____ 17. Although they had earned enough money to buy a house.
_____ 18. Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois, on November 10, 1879, his home for
many years was next door to the executive mansion.
_____ 19. The new owners of the farm had no interest in the past, nor did they care anything
about beauty.
_____ 20. I used to drive a bright red Chevy, now I drive a little light blue Datsun.