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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Sentence Combining: Part 2

 
 

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

Example

Read the following sentences.
The man is old.
The man used to be my teacher.
The man is sitting in the chair.

Choose the best combined sentence.
The old man is sitting in the chair and used to be my teacher.
The old man that used to be my teacher sitting in the chair.
The old man that is sitting in the chair used to be my teacher.

The correct answer is "The old man that is sitting in the chair used to be my teacher."


1.

Read the following sentences.
There is a girl.
She is riding a bike.
The bike is new.
The girl is my sister.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

That girl riding the new bike is my sister.

 

There is a girl and she is riding a new bike and she is my sister.

 

The girl is riding a new bike and that is my sister.

     
2.

Read the following sentences.
John wants to go to Mexico.
Mexico has warm weather.
He likes the weather in Mexico.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

John wants to go to Mexico which has warm weather.

 

John wants to go to Mexico because he likes the warm Mexican weather.

 

John wants to go to Mexico and he likes the warm weather in Mexico.

     
3.

Read the following sentences.
Mary is a student.
Mary studies medicine.
She must finish her studies.
Then she will start working.
She will work as a doctor.
She will finish her studies in six months.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Mary is a student who studies medicine; she must finish her studies; then, she will start working as a doctor; she will finish her studies in six months.

 

In six months, as soon as Mary finishes her medical studies, she will start working as a doctor.

 

Mary is a medical student who will start working as a doctor as soon as she finishes her medical studies which she will finish in six months.

     
4.

Read the following sentences.
Tom went sailing last year.
His friend Jack went with him.
They sailed across the Pacific Ocean.
Jack had never sailed before.
Tom had never sailed before.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Even though Tom and his friend Jack had never sailed before, last year they sailed across the Pacific Ocean.

 

Tom and his friend Jack had never sailed before, last year they sailed across the Pacific Ocean.

 

Tom had never sailed before and neither had Jack, but last year, they both sailed across the Pacific Ocean together.

     
5.

Read the following sentences.
Bill went fishing for the first time.
Bill caught a fish.
Bill ate the fish.
That fish was the best fish Bill ever ate.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Bill caught a fish and ate it and it was the best he ever ate.

 

The first time Bill went fishing, he caught a fish which he ate.

 

The best fish Bill ever ate was the fish he caught the first time he went fishing.

     
6.

Read the following sentences.
Bad weather creates dangerous driving conditions.
High-speed windstorms are a type of bad weather.
Blizzards are a type of bad weather.
Fog is a type of bad weather.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

Bad weather creates dangerous driving conditions; high-speed windstorms, blizzards, and fog are all types of bad weather that cause dangerous driving conditions.

 

Bad weather, such as high-speed windstorms, blizzards, and fog, creates dangerous driving conditions.

 

High-speed windstorms and fog are types of bad weather that create dangerous driving conditions.

     
7.

Read the following sentences.
The man lives in a house.
The house is big and old.
The man is my brother.
My brother is older than me.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

The man living in the house that is big and old is my brother who is older than me.

 

The man who lives in the big old house is my brother who is older than me.

 

The man who lives in the big old house is my older brother.

     
8.

Read the following sentences.
The doctor cured my back pain.
The doctor was very experienced.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

The doctor who cured my back pain was very experienced.

 

The doctor cured my back pain was very experienced.

 

Having cured my back pain, the doctor was very experienced.

     
9.

Read the following sentences.
The boy read a book.
The book was an adventure.
The book was about a wolf
The wolf lived in the arctic.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

The boy read a book that was an adventure; it was an adventure about a wolf living in the arctic.

 

The boy read a book which was an adventure which was about a wolf who lived in the arctic.

 

The boy read an adventure book about a wolf who lived in the arctic.

     
10.

Read the following sentences.
Sarah worked at her computer.
At the same time, she was drinking her tea.
She was also listening to the radio.
The radio was playing her favourite song.

Choose the best combined sentence.

 

While Sarah worked at her computer and drinking her tea, she was listening to the radio which was playing her favourite song.

 

Sarah worked at her computer, drinking her tea and listening to her favourite song playing on the radio.

 

While Sarah worked at her computer, she was drinking her tea and she was listening to the radio.