Building Better Sentences Practice (page 2)
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Building Better Sentences Practice
Written Practice 1
Balance each of the following sentences.
- The coffee here is delicious, hot, and it's also inexpensive.
- The lawyer asked his client to tell the truth and if he could provide evidence.
- The rain splashes on the roof and always is soaking the porch.
- Soda is filling, full of calories, and eventually it's fattening.
- My cooking skills are new, limited to simple dishes, and I think sometimes my choices are boring.
- Teaching physicians have several jobs, including doing research, reducing pain and suffering, and they teach other physicians.
- Their decision was to expand the space, buy all new equipment, and then they would install a new security system.
- Add the dry ingredients, the eggs should be whipped, and preheat the oven.
- Whoever leaves the house last should lower the heat, turning off the lights, and check the stove.
- David played classical guitar, jazz guitar, and then he tried rhythm and blues.
Written Practice 2
Balance the following sentences.
- Every day, I walk the trails with my dog, cleaning the car, and go to work.
- Jim loves painting the house, planting shrubs, and he loves to plan to add another room.
- Elias looked for a toy, grabbed it, and he was throwing it across the room.
- My friend eats dinner first, lunch second, and then he is eating breakfast last.
- Spring is warm, flower-filled, and it rains a lot.
- At the Center, Betsy did the accounting, made sure the preschoolers were safe, and then she also would take care of her own household as well.
- My new printer is quieter, faster, and prints with higher resolution.
- I'll know my son's work habits are improving when he arrives at school on time, corrects his own homework, and staying out of fights.
- The chairman thanked everyone for their dedication, loyalty, and because they attended every meeting.
- The only way we can leave on time is if I prepare the snacks, you fill up the gas tank, and if the children will get up on time.
Written Practice 3
The following sentences lack balance. Find and correct the errors to restore balance.
- The longtime employee was not only energetic and liked to be punctual also.
- We insisted that our son write his application truthfully and he should show some humility.
- My two-year-old not only likes to walk in the puddles and is always jumping in the leaves.
- Your new outfit is neither colorful and it isn't well fitting either.
- This summer I will either plant a bed of flowers, or maybe I'll build a deck.
- Debbie is neither prepared for parenthood nor is her career willing to be sacrificed.
- Chocolate is not only delicious but it is energizing also.
- Either you take the late shift and then I'll be leaving the house before you return.
- Last summer, my vacation was not only busy but full of bad weather also.
- We'll know we've succeeded when we see the children following our family's rules and then they should do well in school, too.
Written Practice 4
For each of the following items, choose a coordinating conjunction from the previous list to connect the sentences.
- We want to buy shoes on sale. The sale will last just this week.
- The homebuilder hoped to attract buyers from the area. He advertised the new homes in the local paper.
- We could walk anywhere on the grounds. We couldn't disturb the workers.
- When you bake, first turn on the oven to the temperature stated. Gather all the ingredients you'll need.
- She asked her husband to take the trash to the recycling depot. He quickly left for work.
- I had promised to arrive at 1 P.M. Heavy traffic delayed me.
- Take some sandwiches with you. Stop at a restaurant and spend a great deal of money.
- I've spent two weeks' pay. I'll be eating very meagerly for a while.
- Lend me $50. I'll pay you next month.
- I've studied and studied for the test. I feel unsure of myself.
Written Practice 5
To complete each of the following sentences, choose a conjunction from the previous list.
- ___ you babysit for us, I don't worry about the children.
- ___ you hear otherwise, I'll pick you up at 5 P.M.
- I have been taller than you ___ the sixth grade.
- ___ the game, we tailgated.
- You bought me a very expensive gift ___ I asked you not to.
- ___ you agree with me, vote yes on that issue.
- You're expected to arrive ___ I leave.
- ___ a storm is expected, we still think we can drive to the lake.
- You're the one to break a promise ___ we have an agreement.
- ___ both children are sick, I have to miss work.
Written Practice 6
Choose a conjunction from the following list to complete each of the sentences.
however instead meanwhile on the contrary incidentally
in fact next as a result otherwise still
- We thought we'd be able to save money this month; ___ , we're spending more!
- My new car performed very well this winter; ___ , it surpassed all expectations.
- I've picked up all our mail; ___ , one package has not been delivered.
- We installed a new deck; ___ , we can see that the lumber was not cut correctly.
- I've already called the designer and the carpenter; ___ , I'll call the lumberyard.
- They will need to come up with a simple solution; ___ , the deck will have to be removed.
- You may think that is what I want; ___ , I am really hoping to avoid that result.
- You change the beds and dust the rooms; ___ , I'll start the laundry.
- I hurt my back using the weight machine; ___ , I won't be exercising for a long time.
- I picked up the concert tickets; ___ , they were $18 each.
NOTE: A conjunctive adverb can be used in another position in a sentence. In that case, it is set off by commas and does not connect two complete thoughts. For example:
- Senator Blakeley, however, did not vote for the amendment.
- Nonetheless, the Senate hopes to pass the bill.
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