Proofreading for Type I Errors: Practice 1 Answer Key

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. Correct
2. Not accidents in the traditional sense.  Fragment
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. Fused
5.  Seeing nothing alarming, I got back into my car and continued driving,
     however, the scent of smoke became even stronger. Comma Splice
6. So strong that I pulled over to the side of the road again. Fragment
7. Still seeing nothing unusual, I got back into my car this time it filled up with
    smoke.  Fused
8.  A passing motorist stopped to offer his help. Correct
9. He pulled back the carpet from under the accelerator, the carpet burst into
    flames.  Comma Splice
10. Noticing a jug on my front seat, he asked what were in it. Subject/Verb
      Agreement Error
11.  When I told him it was iced tea, he poured the tea onto the fire. Correct 
12.  Putting out the fire before it could do more damage. Fragment
13.  Another incident happened several years later. Correct
14.  My sister and I was driving to the beach.  Subject/Verb Agreement Error
15.  Smoke started coming from the cassette player, quickly the smoke filled the
       car.  Comma Splice
16.  Forcing us out of the car. Fragment
17.  It seems my husband had wired the cassette player incorrectly. Correct
18.  A fact that is not particularly surprising. Fragment
19.  I no longer have either car, I no longer have that husband. Comma Splice

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