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Underline this subject and then make the verb agree with it. If the form of the verb is correct, write OK above it. Example: seems Uncle Ted’s investment in several emu farms seem to ^ have failed. Lesson 3 s-v agr 38 Unit Two: Making Subjects and Verbs Agree 1. The newest schedule for fall classes are ready. Lesson 3 s-v agr 2. The federal government’s proposal for the pricing of prescription drugs were just published in the Federal Register. 3. The problems with his idea about the contest is what we expected.

If the two sentences had been put together without any punctuation at all, it would be another kind of run-on called a fused sentence. Writers sometimes create run-ons when they try to keep closely related ideas together within the same sentence. Two good ways to achieve the same goal are to join the related sentences together with a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or) or with a semicolon (;). Lesson 1 LESSON 1 Fragments EXAMPLE 1 Renamer Fragment Error: Blocking my driveway was a car.

Example 2: ✗ The student government election is this week, I have no idea who is running. IDEA #1 Tip applied: IDEA #2 The student government election is this week. I have no idea who is running. A period added between the separate ideas creates two sentences. In both cases, the two new sentences created by the Imaginary Period Tip can stand alone. In other words, each part of the Tip Applied sentence is a complete sentence, not a fragment. ) Correcting Run-ons The Imaginary Period Tip does not prove that a sentence is a run-on.

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