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Reading Chronological Order Practice

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Review for these concepts can be found at Reading Chronological Order Help.

Transitional Words and Phrases Practice and Answers

Practice Passage 1

Here's a more extreme example of a paragraph with the transitional words and phrases omitted:

I went to work early to get some extra filing done. I got there; the phone started ringing. My boss walked in. He asked me to type a letter for him. He asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. I looked at my watch; it was already 11:00.

Now, take the paragraph and add the following transitional words and phrases:

immediately yesterday
as soon as a moment later
when then
_____ I went to work early to get some extra filing done. _____ I got there, the phone started ringing. _____ my boss walked in. _____ he asked me to type a letter for him._____ he asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. _____ I looked at my watch, it was already 11:00.

Answers

You might have come up with a slightly different version, but here's one good way to fill in the blanks:

Yesterday, I went to work early to get some extra filing done. As soon as I got there, the phone started ringing. A moment later, my boss walked in. Immediately, he asked me to type up a letter for him. Then he asked me to make arrangements for a client to stay in town overnight. When I looked at my watch, it was already 11:00.

See how much better the paragraph sounds with transitional words and phrases to guide you?

Practice Passage 2

Here is a series of events listed in random order. Use the transitional words and phrases in each sentence to help you put them in proper chronological order. Number the sentences from 1–6 in the blanks provided.

If the penalty structure is to your liking, make sure that the money market account is FDIC insured.

After you've found the best terms, be sure to find out what the minimum account balance is and ask what the penalties are if your account drops below the limit.

In order to open a money market account, you should follow several steps.

Then you should shop around for the best terms and yields available.

Finally, once the account is opened and you are earning interest, you should consider using that interest to pay off outstanding credit card debt.

First, you should decide what features are important to you.

Answers

You should have numbered the blanks in this order: 5, 4, 1, 3, 6, 2. Here's how the sentences look together in a paragraph.

In order to open a money market account, you should follow several steps. First, you should decide what features are important to you. Then you should shop around for the best terms and yields available. After you've found the best terms, be sure to find out what the minimum account balance is and ask what the penalties are if your account drops below the limit. If the penalty structure is to your liking, make sure that the money market account is FDIC insured. Finally, once the account is opened and you are earning interest, you should consider using that interest to pay off outstanding credit card debt.
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