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Structuring A Paragraph: Grammar Review Practice Exercises (page 3)

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Answer: Unity Of The Paragraph

I woke up in my cozy wooden cabin at sunrise, hearing the birds chirping outside in the trees. I arose excitedly because I knew today was my kick-back day of the week. I did not have to hunt, gather firewood, or pick up in the cabin. I trotted down the 50 yards to the shoreline, grabbing my raft on the way there. I have assigned things to do for every day of the week so I can keep up with my daily necessities, and today was a work-free day for me.

Eliminate: The water glimmered with a deep blue color. Because nobody lived within ten miles of me, the lake was completely clear and unpolluted.

Answer: Focus Of The Paragraph

I started off my morning by removing the bones of a fresh sea bass with my homemade wooden knife. When I finished, I used a large, flat stone from the stockpile I kept indoors, set it over my fireplace, and began frying my fish. When I had first started living in the cabin, it took me nearly 20 minutes to start a fire on my own with two sticks. I always loved working with wood in shop class in school when I was younger, and I had gotten better at it with years of practice. Now that I have been doing it for nearly five years, starting a fire takes less than ten seconds. As I sat at the wooden table, thoroughly enjoying my fresh fish, I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my free day. By the time I had finished, my mind was made up.

Eliminate: I had caught the day before

  1. I've invented a robot!
  2. Tired of cleaning your room, doing wash, taking the dog for a walk, and taking out the trash?

  3. I rubbed the lamp and have been granted three wishes.
  4. It was the genie that made me do it.

  5. Did you vote in the last election?
  6. I know what you're thinking: My vote doesn't count. Well, you're wrong; it does!

  7. Babysitting tips for newbies
  8. I can change a diaper in 23 seconds flat.

  9. Do you dread giving presentations as much as I do?
  10. I've tried everything from imagining the audience in their birthday suits to telling ridiculously hideous jokes to my audience—but it's just not working.

  11. First, I started off my morning by removing the bones of a fresh sea bass with my homemade wooden knife. Then, I used a large, flat stone from the stockpile I kept indoors, set it over my fire, and waited for it to get hot. Finally, I began frying my fish.
  12. Initially, when I started living in the cabin, it took me nearly 20 minutes to start a fire on my own with flint and sticks. Now I have been doing it for nearly five years, and starting a fire takes less than ten seconds.
  13. As I sat at the wooden table thoroughly enjoying my fresh fish, I began thinking about what I wanted to do with my free day. By the time I had finished my fish, I had decided what I wanted to.

Answer: A Successful Conclusion

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.

 

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