Punctuation Errors Exercise (130)
The following sentences contain errors of punctuation. Revise them as necessary.
Answers and Explanations
Original: That’s my dream car in the window I plan to buy it as soon as I have enough money.
Correct : That’s my dream car in the window. I plan to buy it as soon as I have enough money.
Error: run-on sentence. The new thought begins with "I." Another way to correct it would be to put a semi-colon instead of a period between "window" and "I."
Original: The boss is really old. He still addresses women clients as Mrs So-and-So.
Correct : The boss is really old. He still addresses women clients as Mrs. So-and-So.
U.S. punctuation convention places a period after "Mrs." and "Ms."
Original: I never expected to see so many glacier’s and pit’s on our trip.
Correct : I never expected to see so many glaciers and pits on our trip.
No apostrophes are needed; glaciers and pits are simply plural nouns.
Original: Before we get to Phoenix let’s stop at an IHOP for breakfast.
Correct : Before we get to Phoenix, let’s stop at an IHOP for breakfast.
A subordinate clause that begins a sentence is set off with a comma.
Original: All the "hardback books" on the stall are the same price.
Correct : All the hardback books on the stall are the same price.
Using quotations marks for emphasis is an error.