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Sentence Combining: Part A



Sentence combining is a way to join a number of ideas together into one sentence.

Four different ideas combined in four different sentences

There is a cat.

The cat is on a chair.

The chair is red.

The cat is black.

All four ideas combined in one sentence

There is a black cat on a red chair.

Sentence combining is useful because it joins related ideas into one clear, well-written sentence. Sentence combining helps you avoid repeating the same words and it helps you write in a more fluent style.

There are many ways to combine simple sentences, for example:

  • link subjects together

  • link verbs together

  • list adjectives together

  • use prepositional phrases

  • omit unnecessary or repeated words

  • use linking words, such as coordinate conjunctions

  • use parallel structure

Related sections
Compound Sentences
Linking words
Sentence Combining: Part B
Sentence Errors — Run-on Sentences: Lesson One