Proofreading for Type I Errors: Practice 1
Read the following paragraph and determine whether each sentence is correct, is a fragment, has a subject/verb agreement error, includes a comma splice, or is a fused sentence. No sentence includes more than one error.
1. When I was younger, I had a number of "accidents" with my cars. 2. Not accidents in the traditional sense. 3. For example, as I was driving home from work one day, I smelled smoke. 4. I pulled over to the side of the road then I looked under the hood. 5. Seeing nothing alarming, I got back into my car and continued driving, however, the scent of smoke became even stronger. 6. So strong that I pulled over to the side of the road again. 7. Still seeing nothing unusual, I got back into my car this time it filled up with smoke. 8. A passing motorist stopped to offer his help. 9. He pulled back the carpet from under the accelerator, the carpet burst into flames. 10. Noticing a jug on my front seat, he asked what were in it. 11. When I told him it was iced tea, he poured the tea onto the fire. 12. Putting out the fire before it could do more damage. 13. another incident happened several years later. 14. My sister and I was driving to the beach. 15. Smoke started coming from the cassette player, quickly the smoke filled the car. 16. Forcing us out of the car. 17. It seems my husband had wired the cassette player incorrectly. 18. A fact that is not particularly surprising. 19. I no longer have either car, I no longer have that husband.
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