Praxis Writing Sentence Correction Exam

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In order a great leader to be, a man must first be able to master himself.

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This version restores the sense to the sentence.

Listen to you're parents; they know more than you might think.

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"The contraction for you are is inappropriate. Also, the two clauses express slightly different ideas and should therefore be separated by a semi-colon."

They hopped down off the table; and went to go pick up the napkins.

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There is no need for punctuation to separate these two continuous actions.

There will be a wide path, almost big enough for a car.

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The original sentence is correct.

If you do not believe my claim, you should have the decency to say so.

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This sentence is correct as written.

Suddenly she, laughed as she remembered a story she had been told.

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No punctuation is necessary.

Then he dropped them both, and the big one landed first - which he had thought it would do, and the little one landed second, which he had thought it would do.

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The punctuation should be the same for both of the parallel clauses.

"I'm not sure about that," he said. "I can't really remember."

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The original sentence is correct.

Hector was known as "Slim", because of his gaunt appearance.

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A comma is not necessary, but if it is used it should be inside the quotation marks.

In the last fifty years, those who from the ground up built the business have been replaced by a new generation.

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Although the sentence as it is written is not technically incorrect, version C is easier to read because it puts the verb clause who built the business in front of the relative clause from the ground up.

He had just come to the bridge; and not looking where he was going; he tripped over something.

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Only a comma is needed to separate the dependent clause.

Until you sit down and talk to a person, you don't really know them.

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A person is singular, so the words him or her are appropriate.

The final competitors were Susan, that was considered the challenger, and Gail, the defending champion.

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Susan is a person, so the appropriate pronoun is who.

" I didn't hear you." she exclaimed.

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A comma is necessary if an attribution is going to be made.

At seventeen he shipped as a cabin boy, bound for Liverpool.

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A comma is required to separate the clause.

Until you learn the intricacies of the trade, one cannot be qualified to make a judgment.

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In order to agree with the first part of the sentence, you must be used.

It went on raining, and every day it got a little higher.

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The original sentence is correct.

Who knows who will be the winner?

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When began the snow he was asleep.

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The word order should be altered to remove awkwardness.

The story is set in Boston, in colonial times when much of the land was undeveloped.

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The clause needs to be separated with commas.

When he emerged from the pool, wondering how good he had done, he immediately looked to the clock.

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Since it is being used as the object of he had done, the correct form is well.

Without making a sound Geoffrey crept down the stairs.

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The dependent clause needs to be separated with a comma.

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