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Self-Test: frag

Let's see whether you understand fragments.

1. A group of words is a __________.

2. A group of words with a subject and a verb is a __________.

3. What are the two types of clauses?

main (independent)
substantive
conditional
subordinate (dependent)

4. Which clause expresses a complete thought?

subordinate
main

5. Which of the following are correct?

After he finished eating.
He drank a cup of coffee after he finished eating.

Trying to get the waiter's attention, he nodded and raised his arm.
Trying to get the waiter's attention.
Standing next to his table.
There were some noisy people standing next to his table.

6. Select the complete sentences:

The man, having read the paper, decided to leave.
The man having read the paper.
Having read the paper, the man decided to leave.
The man decided to leave since he had read the paper.

The computers provided by the school.
The computers provided by the school were definitely not "state of the art."
Were definitely not "state of the art."

7. Which two sentences are punctuated correctly?

After studying the situation, he decided not to get involved.
He decided not to get involved, after studying the situation.
He decided not to get involved after studying the situation.

So how did you do? Use your incorrect responses to guide you through another review.

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