Check Your Sentence Sense.
Here are the questions, answers, and explanations for the problems about five common sentence errors.
Wearing a bright pink tutu, elderly Dame Dotty walked a poodle.
Gracious me, Dame Dotty surely wasn't wearing a bright pink tutu! This sentence has a dangling modifier. The describing phrase needs to be moved next to "poodle."
Elderly Dame Dotty walked a poodle wearing a bright pink tutu.
I knew the boy Ben Dover Spanx, he quite deserved his name.
This sentence is a type of run-on. The two ideas that the speaker knew the boy and that he deserved his name are joined with a comma only. They should be joined with a comma and a coordinating conjunction like "and."
I knew the boy Ben Dover Spanx, and he quite deserved his name.
Barry the Baritone who sings “I Am a Pirate King” off-key.
This sentence is a fragment. Barry is described but is not said to have done anything. The word "who" begins the description. Eliminating it would correct the mistake.
Barry the Baritone sings “I Am a Pirate King” off-key.
For most ballroom dancers like Phresh Stepper love to twirl and spin.
This sentence is mixed in its construction. It begins with two prepositional phrases but then never names a subject before beginning a statement. The easiest way to correct it is to delete the preposition so that the subject is clearly identified:
Most ballroom dancers like Phresh Stepper love to twirl and spin.
The Roadrunner was my favorite Saturday show, and it was a hilarious cartoon.
The defect of this sentence lies in its faulty coordination. The idea that the program was a cartoon is less important than its being "my favorite Saturday show." The second idea needs to be subordinated.
The hilarious Road Runner cartoon was my favorite Saturday show.
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