Structuring A Paragraph: Grammar Review Practice Exercises (page 2)

Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Practice Exercise: Transitional Words or Phrases

Read the following sentences and insert transitional words or phrases where appropriate. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

  1. ______ I started off my morning by removing the bones of a fresh sea bass with my homemade wooden knife.______used a large, flat stone from the stockpile I kept indoors, set it over my fire, and waited for it to get hot.______I began frying my fish.
  2. ______when I started living in the cabin, it took me nearly 20 minutes to start a fire on my own with flint and sticks.______ I have been doing it for nearly five years, and starting a fire takes less than ten seconds.
  3. ______I sat at the wooden table thoroughly enjoying my fresh fish, I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my free day.______ I had finished my fish, I had decided what I wanted to.

Practice Exercise: A Successful Conclusion

Read the following paragraph and try to identify what would keep this conclusion from being successful. Then, check your answers at the end of the exercises.

I really did love living in the wilderness with nature and animals around me. I was at peace with no one to bother me. That day, I had continued working on a large bear sculpture that I had started the week before. I am, however, glad to be back home now after many years. A lot has changed, and it will take some getting used to. It's nice, though, to have people to talk to, instead of just keeping everything to myself. When I was younger, I always loved working with wood in shop class in school, and I had gotten good at it with years of practice. I could make all kinds of sculptures, including the ones I had already done over the years such as a dog, a swan, and a squirrel. All in all, I am sure I will have moments where I'll miss living in the wilderness, but it was definitely time for a change.



1.  What you may be doing ten years from now         

  1. Life at 25 is looking better every day now that my career as a graphic advertiser has taken off.         
  2. I'm a millionaire at age 20, and it's a lot harder than I thought it would be.   

2. Making a root beer float         

  1. This old-fashioned treat has not lost its popularity and is as easy to make today as it was 50 years ago.         
  2. With a tall glass, a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, and a can of your favorite root beer, you can make a delicious treat.   

3. A review of the last movie you saw with a friend         

  1. Movies these days just aren't worth the ten dollars you pay.         
  2. I can always pick an Academy Award winner, and this one has it in the bag.   

4. A trip to the Grand Canyon         

  1. It's no wonder that the Grand Canyon is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World.         
  2. Camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon is truly an experience of a lifetime.   

5. Your favorite music         

  1. If Beethoven could hear this music, he'd turn over in his grave for sure.         
  2. Classical music transcends centuries and will forever.   

6. Pizza is more nutritious than you think.         

  1. Not only can you put fresh vegetables on it, but also, it's baked, not fried.         
  2. It contains all your food groups: grains, dairy, fruits and vegetables, and sometimes meat.   

7. Is there really a bigfoot?         

  1. Sightings of Sasquatch date back to the 1920s.         
  2. Most scientists consider bigfoot to be a legend that remains unproven.   

8. Making your bed is easy.         

  1. Put the tagged side of your pillow into the pocket of the pillowcase.         
  2. Tucking the ends of your sheet in tightly will prevent them from being pulled out.   

9. Riding in the space shuttle         

  1. You are one of up to seven astronauts aboard.         
  2. The shuttle launches vertically but lands horizontally.  

10. Limiting phone use among teens         

  1. Cellular phone bills are costly.         
  2. Overuse of cellular phones can lead to constant distraction from homework and studies.  
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