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Grammar Exercises: Practice in Revising and Editing Sentences

Practice in recognizing, revising, editing, and correcting a variety of sentence structures.

Exercise in Identifying Sentences by Function
This exercise will give you practice in identifying the four functional types of sentences: declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory.

Exercise in Identifying Sentences by Structure
This exercise will give you practice in identifying four basic sentence structures: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

Practice in Forming Interrogative Sentences
This exercise will give you practice in changing word order and verb forms as you convert declarative sentences into interrogative sentences.

Exercise in Using Specific Descriptive Details in Sentences
This exercise will give you practice in using specific descriptive details to create a vivid impression of a particular place.

Cohesion Exercise: Building & Connecting Sentences
This sentence-building exercise offers practice in applying the principles introduced in Cohesion Strategies: Signal Words and Phrases.

Exercise in Identifying Nouns
This exercise, based on the opening sentences in Raymond Chandler's novel "The Big Sleep," will give you practice in recognizing nouns in English.

Exercises in Identifying Subjects and Verbs
These exercises will give you practice in recognizing two key elements in a sentence: the subject and the verb.

Practice in Identifying Independent Clauses
An independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a word group that has both a subject and a verb and that can stand alone as a sentence. This exercise will give you practice in identifying independent clauses.

Practice in Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses
This exercise will help you recognize the difference between an independent clause and a dependent clause.

Practice in Turning Positive Statements Into Negative Statements
This exercise will give you practice in turning positive statements into negative statements by adding the word "not" or the contraction "-n't.".

Using the Different Forms of Pronouns: Practice Exercise 1
If you have studied the guidelines for "Using the Different Forms of Pronouns," you should be well prepared for this short practice exercise.

Using the Different Forms of Personal Pronouns: Practice Exercise 2
Take this short practice exercise after reviewing the guidelines for Using the Different Forms of Pronouns.

Sentence Completion Exercise: Personal Pronouns and Possessive Determiners
This exercise will give you practice in using personal pronouns and possessive determiners correctly and effectively.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Errors in Pronoun Reference
This editing exercise will give you practice in correcting errors in pronoun reference.

Pronoun Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph With Pronouns
This exercise will give you practice in using the different forms of pronouns. Rewrite this paragraph about a fortune teller, substituting an appropriate pronoun for each italicized word or group of words.

Exercise in Using Pronouns for Cohesion and Conciseness
This exercise will give you practice is substituting pronouns for nouns to ensure cohesion and conciseness.

Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph in the Past Tense I
This exercise will give you practice in using the appropriate past-tense forms of regular and irregular verbs.

Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph in the Past Tense II
This recasting exercise, based on a paragraph by William Gass, will give you practice in using the appropriate past-tense forms of regular and irregular verbs.

Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph in the Past Tense III
This revision exercise, based on a paragraph by Edward Abbey, will give you practice in using the appropriate past-tense forms of regular and irregular verbs.

Verb Tense Exercise: Using the Past Forms of Regular Verbs
In this two-part exercise, you will (1) select the correct form of the regular verb in parentheses, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

Exercise in Combining Sentences With Regular Verbs
In this two-part exercise, you will (1) select the correct form of the verb in the past tense, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

Practice in Writing Imperative Sentences: Using Base Forms of Verbs
This sentence-completion exercise will give you practice in using the base forms of verbs in imperative sentences.

Practice in Using the Correct Present and Past Forms of "Be"
This sentence-completion exercise will give you practice in using the correct present and past forms of the verb "to be."

Exercise in Using the Correct Forms of Irregular Verbs
This sentence-completion exercise will give you practice in using the correct forms of irregular verbs.

Exercise in Identifying Adjectives
This exercise, based on 12 sentences in E.L. Doctorow's novel "World's Fair," will give you practice in recognizing adjectives in English.

Exercise in Identifying Adverbs: Stuart Little Edition
An adverb is a part of speech used primarily to modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. This exercise will give you practice in identifying adverbs in sentences.

Practice in Turning Adjectives Into Adverbs
Many adverbs are formed by adding "-ly" to an adjective. In this exercise, you will practice turning adjectives into adverbs.

Review Exercise: Revising Sentences with Simple Modifiers
This revision exercise offers practice in using adjectives, adverbs, and prepositional phrases effectively.

Exercise in Using the Comparative and Superlative Forms of Adjectives
This exercise will give you practice in effectively using the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives.

Practice in Forming the Comparative and Superlative Degrees of Adjectives
This sentence-completion exercise will give you practice in forming the comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives.

Practice in Forming the Comparative and Superlative Degrees of Adverbs
This sentence-completion exercise will give you practice in forming the comparative and superlative degrees of adverbs.

Expanding Sentences With Adjectives and Adverbs
This exercise will give you practice in expanding sentences with adjectives and adverbs.

Preposition Practice: In, Into, On, and At
This exercise will give you practice in using the prepositions "in," "into," "on," and "at."

Identifying Prepositions in Common English Idioms
This exercise will give you practice in using appropriate prepositions with 20 common English idioms.

Exercise in Identifying Prepositional Phrases
This exercise will give you practice in identifying the prepositional phrases in 20 famous movie quotations.

Practice in Identifying Prepositional Phrases
This exercise, adapted from a paragraph by novelist John Steinbeck, will give you practice in recognizing prepositional phrases.

Expanding Sentences With Prepositional Phrases
This exercise will give you practice in adding and arranging prepositional phrases in sentences.

Exercise in Expanding Sentences With Appositives
This exercise will give you practice in building and expanding sentences with appositives--noun phrases that identify or rename other noun phrases.

Identifying and Correcting Sentence Fragments
This exercise will give you practice in identifying and correcting ineffective sentence fragments.

Correcting Phrase Fragments
This exercise will give you practice in writing clear, complete sentences by correcting unnecessary phrase fragments.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Sentence Fragments I
This exercise offers practice in identifying and correcting needless sentence fragments during the editing stage of the writing process.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Sentence Fragments II
This exercise offers additional practice in identifying and correcting needless sentence fragments during the editing stage of the writing process.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Sentence Fragments III
This exercise offers additional practice in identifying and correcting needless sentence fragments during the editing stage of the writing process.

Correcting a Run-on Sentence With a Period or Semicolon
These guidelines and exercises will show you how to correct a run-on sentence (also known as a fused sentence) with a mark of punctuation--a period or semicolon.

Correcting Run-on Sentences Through Coordination and Subordination
Often the best way to correct a run-on sentence is through one of the techniques of coordination or subordination. Here, in a nutshell, is how those techniques work.

Practice in Placing Modifiers Where They Belong
The job of a modifier is to clearly describe or qualify another word or word group in a sentence. This editing exercise will give you practice in placing modifiers where they belong.

Practice in Correcting Squinting Modifiers
A squinting modifier is a word or phrase that's ambiguously positioned in a sentence: that is, it's unclear whether the modifier refers to what comes before it or to what comes after it. This exercise will give you practice in correcting squinting modifiers.

Sentence Completion Exercise: Parallelism
The 20 sentences in this exercise will give you practice in using parallel structures effectively.

Editing Exercise: Faulty Parallelism
When two or more parts of a sentence are parallel in meaning (such as items in a series or words linked by correlative conjunctions), you should coordinate those parts by making them parallel in form. Rewrite each of the following sentences, correcting any errors in parallelism.

Practice in Changing Verbs From Passive to Active
In this exercise, you will practice changing verbs from the passive voice to the active voice by turning the subject of a passive verb into the direct object of an active verb.

Practice in Identifying Dependent Clauses
A dependent clause (also known as a subordinate clause) is a word group that has both a subject and a verb but can't stand alone as a sentence. This exercise will give you practice in identifying dependent clauses.

Exercise in Identifying Adjective Clauses
This exercise will give you practice in identifying the adjective clauses in ten sentences adapted from a paragraph in Richard Rodriguez's memoir "Hunger of Memory."

Practice in Using Relative Pronouns With Adjective Clauses
Test your understanding of the five relative pronouns by completing this short exercise.

Exercise in Identifying the Two Types of Adjective Clauses
In this exercise, we'll learn to distinguish between the two main types of adjective clauses: restrictive and nonrestrictive.

Expanding Sentences With Adjective Clauses
This exercise will give you practice in building and expanding sentences with adjective clauses.

Revising Sentences With Adjective Clauses
This exercise will give you practice in writing and revising sentences with adjective clauses (also known as relative clauses).

Practice in Avoiding Misplaced Modifiers
This exercise will give practice in avoiding misplaced modifiers as you apply the principles introduced in Creating and Arranging Participial Phrases.

Exercise in Identifying Adverb Clauses
This exercise will give you practice in identifying the adverb clauses in ten proverbial sayings.

Exercise in Identifying Verbals
Verbals--which include participles, gerunds, and infinitives--are the forms of a verb that function as other parts of speech. This exercise will give you practice in recognizing verbals.

Exercise in Identifying Infinitive Phrases
This exercise will test your ability to recognize infinitive phrases and distinguish them from prepositional phrases.

Exercise: Sentence Building with Coordinators
In this exercise you will apply the strategies introduced in "Coordinating Words, Phrases, and Clauses."

Review Exercise: Basic Subject-Verb Agreement
If you have studied the guidelines for "Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement," you should now be well prepared for this short review exercise.

Popular Proverbs: A Subject-Verb Agreement Quiz
In this two-for-one quiz, you'll review 20 popular proverbs and test your understanding of the basic principles of subject-verb agreement.

Subject-Verb Agreement Exercise
In this two-part exercise in subject-verb agreement, you will (1) select the correct form of the verb in the present tense, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement
Complete this editing exercise after you have reviewed the article on Correcting Errors in Subject-Verb Agreement.

Exercise in Making Verbs Agree With Their Subjects
If you have studied the guidelines for correcting errors in subject-verb agreement, you should have no problem completing this short review exercise.

Review Exercises: Subject-Verb Agreement
These three review exercises will give you practice in applying the rules of subject-verb agreement.

Exercise: Recasting a Paragraph in the Future Tense
This exercise will give you practice in working with verb tenses: changing the past forms of verbs to the future.

Editing Exercise: Correcting Problems With Irregular Verbs
Complete this editing exercise after you have reviewed our Introduction to Irregular Verbs.

Proofreading for Errors in Verb Tense
After you have reviewed our pages on regular and irregular verbs, give these five proofreading exercises a try.

Proofreading Practice: Identifying and Correcting Verb Tense Errors
This proofreading exercise will give you practice in identifying and correcting verb tense errors.

Proofreading Practice: Correcting Run-On Sentences and Comma Splices
This exercise will give you practice in identifying and correcting run-on sentences (fused sentences and/or comma splices).

Exercise in Using the Past Forms of Verbs
In this two-part exercise in using the past forms of regular and irregular verbs, you will (1) select the correct form of the verb in parentheses, and (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

Building an Essay With Regular and Irregular Verbs
This two-part exercise will give you practice is using the past forms of regular verbs and irregular verbs.

Practice in Forming Contractions in English
This exercise will give you practice in forming 20 common contractions in English.

What Is Sentence Combining and How Does It Work?
Find out about sentence combining--a friendly (and generally more effective) alternative to traditional grammar instruction. Then begin developing your sentence-combining skills here at About.com Grammar & Composition.

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