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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Sentence Combining: Part 1

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of sentence combining.

Example

Read these sentences.
The dog ran after the ball.
The dog was small.
The dog was black.
The dog put the ball in its mouth.

Choose the best combined sentence.

The small, black dog ran after the ball puts the ball in its mouth.
The small, black dog ran after the ball and the dog put the ball in its mouth.
The small, black dog ran after the ball and put the ball in its mouth.

The correct answer is "The small, black dog ran after the ball and put the ball in its mouth."


1.

Read these sentences.
The bird flew into the tree.
The bird was big.
The bird was colourful.
The bird landed safely on the branch.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

The big, colourful bird flew into the tree lands safely on the branch.

 

The big, colourful bird flew into the tree and the bird landed safely on the branch.

 

The big, colourful bird flew into the tree and landed safely on the branch.

     
2.

Read these sentences.
Todd is taking a holiday.
The holiday is in Mexico.
Todd's wife is going too.
The holiday is in October.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Todd is taking a holiday to Mexico and his wife is going too.

 

Todd and his wife are taking a holiday to Mexico in October.

 

Todd and his wife is taking a holiday to Mexico in October.

     
3.

Read these sentences.
The house is red.
The house is expensive.
The house is mine.
I bought the house last year.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

I bought a house last year and the house is an expensive red house.

 

Last year, I bought a red house expensive and it is mine.

 

Last year, I bought an expensive red house.

     
4.

Read these sentences.
It was Tuesday.
I was working.
I was weeding in my garden.
My garden was a vegetable garden.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

On Tuesday, I was weeding in my vegetable garden.

 

It was Tuesday and I was working and weeding in my vegetable garden.

 

On Tuesday, I was weeding my garden.

     
5.

Read these sentences.
Jane loves all kinds of literature.
Jane loves nineteenth-century novels the most.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Jane loves all kinds of literature and nineteenth-century novels also.

 

Jane loves all kinds of literature, but she loves nineteenth-century novels the most.

 

Jane loves all kinds of literature, and she loves nineteenth-century novels the most.

     
6.

Read these sentences.
George went up the hill.
Pamela went up the hill.
George went to get some water.
Pamela went to get some water.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

George and Pamela went up the hill and they went to get some water.

 

George went up the hill and Pamela went up the hill and they both went up the hill to get some water.

 

George and Pamela went up the hill to get some water.

     
7.

Read these sentences.
Jose is on a team.
Jose is a pitcher.
Sammy is on the same team.
Sammy is a pitcher.
The team plays baseball.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Jose and Sammy play on a team; the team plays baseball.

 

Jose and Sammy are pitchers on a baseball team.

 

Jose and Sammy pitch on a team.

     
8.

Read these sentences.
Eating the right foods is one of the best ways to stay healthy.
One of the best ways to stay healthy is to be physically active.
Thinking positive thoughts is another really good way to stay healthy.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Eating the right foods, being physically active, and to think positive thoughts are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

 

Eating the right foods and being physically active and thinking thoughts are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

 

Eating the right foods, being physically active, and thinking positive thoughts are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

     
9.

Read these sentences.
Nina studied Japanese at university.
Nina has a new job.
Nina uses Japanese in her new job.
Her job is to translate children's books.
The children's books are in English.
Nina translates the English to Japanese.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Nina studied Japanese at university and now Nina uses Japanese in her new job; she translates children's books and she translates the English to Japanese.

 

Nina studied Japanese at university, and now she uses it in her new job translating children's books from English to Japanese.

 

Nina studied Japanese and uses it in her new job as an English to Japanese translator.

     
10.

Read these sentences.
Mary is a teacher.
Mary teaches French.
Mary teaches at a university.
Mary's friend is Donna.
Donna is a teacher.
Donna teaches tourism.
Donna teaches at a college.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Mary is a teacher and is teaching French at a university, and Donna is Mary's friend and she is a teacher and she is teaching tourism at a college.

 

Mary and Donna are friends and teachers and are teaching French and tourism at university and college.

 

Mary is a French teacher at a university, and her friend Donna is a tourism teacher at a college.