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Building Better Sentences Practice (page 2)

By — McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Sep 19, 2011

Written Practice 4

For each of the following items, choose a coordinating conjunction from the previous list to connect the sentences.

  1. We want to buy shoes on sale. The sale will last just this week.
  2. The homebuilder hoped to attract buyers from the area. He advertised the new homes in the local paper.
  3. We could walk anywhere on the grounds. We couldn't disturb the workers.
  4. When you bake, first turn on the oven to the temperature stated. Gather all the ingredients you'll need.
  5. She asked her husband to take the trash to the recycling depot. He quickly left for work.
  6. I had promised to arrive at 1 P.M. Heavy traffic delayed me.
  7. Take some sandwiches with you. Stop at a restaurant and spend a great deal of money.
  8. I've spent two weeks' pay. I'll be eating very meagerly for a while.
  9. Lend me $50. I'll pay you next month.
  10. 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.

  1. ___ you babysit for us, I don't worry about the children.
  2. ___ you hear otherwise, I'll pick you up at 5 P.M.
  3. I have been taller than you ___ the sixth grade.
  4. ___ the game, we tailgated.
  5. You bought me a very expensive gift ___ I asked you not to.
  6. ___ you agree with me, vote yes on that issue.
  7. You're expected to arrive ___ I leave.
  8. ___ a storm is expected, we still think we can drive to the lake.
  9. You're the one to break a promise ___ we have an agreement.
  10. ___ 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

  1. We thought we'd be able to save money this month; ___ , we're spending more!
  2. My new car performed very well this winter; ___ , it surpassed all expectations.
  3. I've picked up all our mail; ___ , one package has not been delivered.
  4. We installed a new deck; ___ , we can see that the lumber was not cut correctly.
  5. I've already called the designer and the carpenter; ___ , I'll call the lumberyard.
  6. They will need to come up with a simple solution; ___ , the deck will have to be removed.
  7. You may think that is what I want; ___ , I am really hoping to avoid that result.
  8. You change the beds and dust the rooms; ___ , I'll start the laundry.
  9. I hurt my back using the weight machine; ___ , I won't be exercising for a long time.
  10. 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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