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Conventions Worksheet 6, page 6: Revising Subordinate Clause Fragments

The example answers to Worksheet 6 are included below. Please complete the worksheet and then check your answers. Students that correct their work will be given full points. Corrections should be done in red pen. 

Keep in mind that the answers below are examples. There may be multiple means of completing these corrections, and you should do them on your own first. Turning in this work as your own counts as plagiarism, and you will be disciplined for cheating. 

(the parts in bolded italics were previously fragments)

1. The smallest specimen in the bird world is the hummingbird. These tiny creatures have a high metabolism that keeps their hearts beating at the incredible rate of 1,260 times per minute. A hummingbird's heart is 2.4 percent of its body weight, which is typically three gramsEven when it is at rest, a hummingbird takes 250 breaths every minute. Though they are tiny, these birds have incredible stamina. A male ruby-throated hummingbird's wingbeats have been registered at 78 times per second when he is in ordinary flight, and these beats may increase to more than 200 during a dive. 

2. Koalas are marsupials that are related to kangaroos and opossums. Marsupials are mammals that have a bag or pouch for their young. At birth, a koala is only one inch long and must find a way to reach its mother's pouch, where it will stay for seven to nine monthsWhen the young koala is strong enough to leave the pouch, it may still stay with its mother for as long as two years. Although they are not bears, koalas are sometimes called koala bears. The name koala is an aboriginal word that means "one who does not need to drink." Koalas drink very little because they eat eucalyptus leaves, which contain a lot of waterBecause of deforestation and disease, koalas are not as common as they once were. 

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