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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Sentence Combining: Part A

 
  Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of sentence combining. Read each list of short sentences. Choose the best combined sentence from the next three sentences.

Example

   

The man is old.
The man is sitting in a chair.
The man is tired.
The tired old man is sitting in a chair.
The old man is sitting in a chair.
The man is tired and is sitting in a chair.

   
 
1. The dog jumped over the fence.
The dog was old.
The dog was black.
The dog landed safely on the other side of the fence.
  The black, old dog jumped over the fence and lands safely on the other side.
  The old, black dog jumped over the fence and the dog landed safely on the other side of the fence.
  The old, black dog jumped over the fence and landed safely on the other side.
     
2. Tom is taking a holiday.
The holiday is in Europe.
Tom's friend is going too.
The holiday is in August.
  Tom is taking a holiday to Europe and his friend is going too.
  Tom and his friend are taking a holiday to Europe in August.
  Tom and his friend is taking a holiday to Europe in August.
     
3. The car is red.
The car is expensive.
The car is mine.
I bought the car last week.
  I bought a car last week and the car is an expensive red car.
  Last week, I bought a red car expensive and it is mine.
  Last week, I bought an expensive red car.
     
4. It was Tuesday.
I was working.
I was doing my homework.
My homework was English.
  On Tuesday, I was working on my English homework.
  It was Tuesday and I was working and doing my English homework.
  On Tuesday, I was doing my homework.
     
5. Jane loves all kinds of jewelry.
Jane loves diamond earrings the most.
  Jane loves all kinds of jewelry and diamonds also.
  Jane loves all kinds of jewelry, but she loves diamond earrings the most.
  Jane loves all kinds of jewelry, and she loves earrings the most.
     
6. Jack went up the hill.
Jill went up the hill.
Jack went to get some water.
Jill went to get some water.
  Jack and Jill went up the hill and they went to get some water.
  Jack went up the hill and Jill went up the hill and they both went up the hill to get some water.
  Jack and Jill went up the hill to get some water.
     
7. Tom is in a band.
Tom plays guitar.
Tina is in the same band.
Tina plays guitar.
The band plays country music.
  Tom and Tina play guitar in a band; the band plays country music.
  Tom and Tina play guitar in a country music band.
  Tom and Tina play in a country music band.
     
8. 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.
  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.

Nina studied French in high school.
Nina has a new job.
Nina uses French in her new job.
Her job is to translate children's books.
The children's books are in French.
Nina translates the French to English.

  Nina studied French in high school and now Nina uses French in her new job; she translates children's books and she translates the French to English.
  Nina studied French in high school, and now she uses it in her new job translating children's books from French to English.
  Nina studied French and uses it in her new job as a French to English translator.
     
10. Mary is a student.
Mary studies engineering.
Mary studies at university.
Mary's friend is Donna.
Donna is a student.
Donna studies tourism.
Donna studies at college.
  Mary is a student and is studying engineering at university and Donna is Mary's friend and she is a student and she is studying tourism at college.
  Mary and Donna are friends and students and are studying engineering and tourism at university and college.
  Mary is an engineering student at university, and her friend Donna is a tourism student at college.