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Boredom Be Gone: Lesson 17- Sentence Construction

Updated on May 6, 2020

Make Sure That Your Sentences Make Sense!

Note whether each of the following sentences is correct (C) or incorrect (I). If it is incorrect, rewrite it so that it makes sense and is grammatically correct.

Example: Following too closely, Joe’s lunch fell out of his book bag.
This is incorrect, because the participial phrase” Following too closely“ describes Joe, not his lunch. It should read, “ Since Joe was following too closely, his lunch fell out of his book bag.”
or

A good mathematician might have a bit of Einstein in their genes. This one is incorrect because “mathematician“ is singular and “their“ is plural. It should read,” A good mathematician might have a bit of Einstein in his genes.”


1. A musician, the career I plan to pursue, is exciting but challenging.

2. The change in student performance has become worse each year.

3. Early diagnosis of melanoma is often curable.

4. Hydrocephalus is where people have water on the brain.

5. I love to cook, reading, and watching movies.

6. Deciding to attend Moravian, the president of the college shook my hand.

7. Though only 17, the college allowed Janet to enroll.

8. At the age of five, my parents took me on a train ride.

9. By following the guidelines, she should be successful in applying to college.

10. Tripping over her shoelaces, Andrea‘s backpack fell to the ground.

11. A teacher should have a touch of the actor in their blood.

12. Digging through the rubble, I discovered a gold chain.

13. Throwing paper airplanes, writing on desks, and to eat in class are not appropriate behaviors.

14. Had you studied more, your grade would be better.

15. Cutting class for the 20th time, Ben’s punishment was a three day suspension.

Answers to Lesson 17 will appear at the end of Lesson 18.

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