Building Better Sentences Practice (page 3)
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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.
Written Practice 7
For each of the following sentences, choose a conjunction from the previous categorized list. The categories are noted before the sentence.
- (Time) We'll be at Stephanie's school this morning; ___ , we'll visit Matthew's school this afternoon.
- (Contrast) I thought the weather was improving; ___ , our basement was flooded by three inches of rain.
- (Result) To make this change, we'll need a substantial loan; ___ , I will call our bank.
- (Addition) Our motivation for this growth is to provide more services to our customers; ___ , we'll be able to speed the results of our testing.
- (Condition) Some populations are difficult to survey; ___ , our work would be easier.
- (Time) I'll make dinner; ___ , you set the table.
- (Contrast) We started our day very early so that we could relax in the afternoon; ___ , we hadn't accounted for the volume of customers.
- (Result) Half of my staff was sick; ___ , I called in temporary employees.
- (Addition) We'll pack our files and computers; ___ , we'll take the desks and chairs.
- (Time) Sometimes we're fully staffed; ___ we're not.
Written Practice 8
Simplify each of the following sentences.
- The tour on the buggy tour of Charleston was enlightening.
- Our reason for leaving the party early was because we knew how heavy the traffic would be.
- Here is an example of the new hybrid vehicle just introduced at the automobile exposition.
- This is a report about an analysis of our town water.
- I have a suspicion that the meeting will end in an argument.
- We were looking for a house painter who was skilled.
- While we were waiting for the train to arrive, we decided on a restaurant for lunch.
- We sent in all the paperwork that was demanded by the manufacturer.
- Hire only qualified welders who are certified in the skill.
- Store these foods in a place to which we all have access.
Written Practice 1
1. …hot, and inexpensive. 2. …truth and provide evidence. 3. …and soaks the porch. 4. …calories, and fattening. 5. …dishes, and sometimes boring. 6. …suffering, and teaching other… 7. …equipment, and install… 8. …ingredients, whip the eggs, and preheat… 9. …the heat, turn off… 10. …jazz guitar, and rhythm and blues.
Written Practice 2
Sample answers are provided.
1. …my dog, clean the car… 2. …shrubs, and planning to add another room. 3. …it, and threw it… 4. …second, and breakfast last. 5. …and rainy. 6. …safe, and took care of her own household as well. 7. …faster, and higher in resolution. 8. …homework, and stays… 9. …loyalty, and perfect attendance. 10. …tank, and the children get up on time.
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