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Sentence Structure Practice Exercises 1 (page 2)

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Updated on Sep 28, 2011

Practice Set 3

  1. Watching a TV show is a passive behavior. Playing a computer game is an interactive one.
    1. Watching a TV show is a passive behavior, or playing a computer game is an interactive one.
    2. Watching a TV show is a passive behavior, for playing a computer game is an interactive one.
    3. Watching a TV show is a passive behavior, but playing a computer game is an interactive one.
    4. Being that playing a computer game is an interactive one, watching a TV show is a passive behavior.
  2. Socrates taught that we should question everything, even the law. He was both greatly loved and profoundly hated.
    1. That he was both greatly loved and profoundly hated, Socrates taught that we should question everything, even the law.
    2. Socrates taught that we should question everything, even the law, so he was both greatly loved and profoundly hated.
    3. Socrates taught that we should question everything, even the law, which he was both greatly loved and profoundly hated.
    4. Socrates taught that we should question everything, even the law, for he was both greatly loved and profoundly hated.
  3. Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship's wake. To kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck, so they were released immediately.
    1. Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship's wake, then release them again, for to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
    2. With baited hooks let down into the ship's wake, sailors are said to catch albatrosses then release them again, so to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
    3. Sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship's wake, then release them again, or to kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck.
    4. To kill the albatross was thought to be bad luck, so sailors are said to catch albatrosses with baited hooks let down into the ship's wake, only to release them immediately.
  4. The symptoms of diabetes often develop gradually and are hard to identify at first. Nearly half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it.
    1. The symptoms of diabetes often develop gradually and are hard to identify at first, so nearly half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it.
    2. The symptoms of diabetes often develop gradually and are hard to identify at first, yet nearly half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it.
    3. Nearly half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it, and the symptoms of diabetes often develop gradually and are hard to identify at first.
    4. The symptoms of diabetes often develop gradually for nearly half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it and are hard to identify at first.
  5. The French philosopher Voltaire was greatly respected. Voltaire spent almost a year imprisoned in the Bastille.
    1. The French philosopher Voltaire was greatly respected, so he spent almost a year imprisoned in the Bastille.
    2. The French philosopher Voltaire was greatly respected with almost a year imprisoned in the Bastille.
    3. The French philosopher Voltaire was greatly respected, or he spent almost a year imprisoned in the Bastille.
    4. The French philosopher Voltaire was greatly respected, yet he spent almost a year imprisoned in the Bastille.
  6. I don't understand why she was angry. I explained why I was late.
    1. I don't understand why she was angry, whereas I explained why I was late.
    2. While I don't understand why she is angry, I therefore explained why I was late.
    3. I don't understand why she was angry, because I explained why I was late.
    4. When I explained why I was late, I don't understand why she was angry.
  7. Sylvia is loaded with money. She can afford that trip to Silver Dollar City.
    1. Sylvia is loaded with money, or she can afford that trip to Silver Dollar City.
    2. Sylvia is loaded with money, but she can afford that trip to Silver Dollar City.
    3. Sylvia is loaded with money, so she can afford that trip to Silver Dollar City.
    4. Sylvia is loaded with money, yet she can afford that trip to Silver Dollar City.
  8. The rules of statistics say that it is possible for all the air in a room to move to one corner. This is extremely unlikely.
    1. The rules of statistics say that it is possible for all the air in a room to move to one corner, or this is extremely unlikely.
    2. The rules of statistics say that it is possible for all the air in a room to move to one corner, but this is extremely unlikely.
    3. This is extremely unlikely in that the rules of statistics say that it is possible for all the air in a room to move to one corner.
    4. For all the air in a room to move to one corner, this is extremely unlikely, according to the rules of statistics saying that it is possible.
  9. Will you come on Thursday? And will you bring some ice?
    1. Will you come on Thursday, or bring some ice?
    2. On Thursday, when you come, bring ice.
    3. Will you come on Thursday, and bring some ice?
    4. Will you come on Thursday; bring ice.
  10. Bats are not rodents. Bats bear a surface resemblance to a winged mouse.
    1. Bats are not rodents, although they do bear a resemblance to a winged mouse.
    2. Bats are not rodents that they bear a surface resemblance to a winged mouse.
    3. Bats are not rodents, when they bear a surface resemblance to a winged mouse.
    4. Bats are not rodents, if they bear a surface resemblance to a winged mouse.
  11. Art is not only found in the museum or concert hall. Art can be found in the expressive behavior of ordinary people, as well.
    1. Art can be found not only in the museum or concert hall, and it can be found in the expressive behavior of ordinary people, as well.
    2. In the museum or concert hall, art can be found not only there and in the expressive behavior of ordinary people, as well.
    3. Although in the expressive behavior of ordinary people, as well, art can be found not only in the museum or concert hall.
    4. Art can be found not only in the museum or concert hall, but in the expressive behavior of ordinary people, as well.
  12. The new store is open for business. You wouldn't know it.
    1. The new store is open—you wouldn't know it for business.
    2. Because the new store is open for business, you wouldn't know it.
    3. Although you wouldn't know it, the new store is open for business.
    4. The new store is open for business, although you wouldn't know it
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