Sentence 19

Directions: Read the sentence below. Then answer the questions that follow.

Clarence couldn't believe that the hardware store was selling garden rakes for only $1.99 each when he brought home twenty of them, his wife Marie just shook her head and squeezed them into a garage stuffed full of her husband's other "good buys."

Is this sentence a comma splice? If you believe it is a comma splice, use your mouse to choose the left door below. A comma splice, remember, is two complete sentences incorrectly joined with a comma.

Or is the sentence a fused sentence? If you believe it is a fused sentence, then use your mouse to choose the right door. A fused sentence occurs when a writer incorrectly runs two complete sentences together with absolutely no punctuation.

Either way you win a prize—but only the correct choice is a cool cyber prize!

left door = comma splice

Comma Splice?

right door = fused sentence

Fused Sentence?

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