Proofreading for Type I Errors: Practice 4 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. Some people eat the strangest food items for breakfast.  Correct
2.  Like roast beef, mashed potatoes, and candied yams.  Fragment
3.  My uncle, who has traveled to China, South America, and Africa, like to eat
     elephant ears (the plant!) in a coconut cream sauce. Subject/verb agreement
     (My uncle . . . likes)
4. My brother Bill likes hot fudge sauce on his grits, my sister likes catsup on her
    eggs.  Comma splice
5.  My father on rare occasions eat cold pepperoni pizza. Subject/verb
     agreement (My father . . . eats)
6.  My former neighbors back in Island Grove, Florida, likes to eat swamp
     cabbage and heart of palm. Subject/verb agreement (Neighbors . . . like)
7. Other people serve the strangest foods at parties. Correct
8. For instance, chocolate covered turkey!   Fragment
9.  At my brother Peter's caroling party, he and his wife served an odd variety of
     finger foods.  Correct
10. There was octopus in a lemon butter sauce, squid in a marinara sauce, and
     oysters in an apricot sauce. Subject/verb agreement (There were)
11.  A former boyfriend seasoned pancakes in the oddest ways he liked to throw
      in pinches of cloves, cumin, and nutmeg. Fused Sentence
12.  Thinking he was a creative genius.  Fragment
13.  No one ate his pancakes. Correct
14.  Not even his dog.  Fragment

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