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Sentence Combining

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Amy E. Counts

on 27 September 2010

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Transcript of Sentence Combining

Mary hardly ever studies.
She gets terrible grades. Write these 2 sentences as a compound sentence sentencs using a comma and a conjunction. 1 and but or so yet nor combine using a compound predicate combine using a semi-colon ; 2 Example: The engine coughed. The engine sputtered. Then it quite altogether. Combine sentences by making a list. The engine coughed, sputtered, and then quit altogether. your turn! Alan opened the book.
Alan took notes for five minutes.
Alan returned the book to the shelf. 3 Sentences can be combined by using signal words to make dependent clauses that connect ideas. Common signal words: although
even though
though
after
as
as soon as
while
because since
before
if
unless
until
when
whenever Using one of the signal words above, combine these two sentences into one: Your reasoning seems good. I cannot agree with your conclusion. 4 Omit unnecessary words when combining sentences. My street never has any heavy traffic. The reason that it never has any traffic is because the pavement is full of potholes. More concisely written: My street never has any heavy traffic because the paevement is full of potholes. Now you try writing one: Fred tore up his paper, and he started all over. He was disgusted with the first draft. 5 6 With as an effective connector: Example: Manny looks terrible. He has bags under his eyes. His hair is a mess. His clothes are rumpled. Rewritten using with: With bags under his eyes, messy hair, and rumpled clothes, Manny looks terrible. Try this one: They ran into a huge collie. The collie had a long coat. The collie had floppy ears. The collie had a ferocious bark. 7 Adective clauses are word groups which include a verb and are introduced by one of the following signal words: who
whom
whose
which
that Example: My friend Sal stopped by yesterday. Sal is a painter. Rewritten with an adjective clause: My friend Sal, who is a painter, stpped by yesterday. (How is this sentence different: My friend Sal, a painter, stopped by yesterday?) Combine these sentences using an adjective clause: Lead is less valuable than titanium. Titanium is one of the lightest metals. Lead is one of the heaviest metals. Changing verbs to the -ing form (present participles) can often help you combine sentences effectively. Example: Jay stepped out of the sauna. Jay glowed with health. Rewritten: Stepping out of the sauna, Jay glowed with health. Now you try combining these sentences using a present participle. The church dominates the town's center. The church stands tall above the other buildings. Select an image. Backstory . . .
Describe . . .
Artist's profile . . .
Debate . . .
Meaning . . . Using sentence combining techniques, write an article about one of these images.
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