Completing sentences

May 12, 2013pdf

This exercise asks you to apply your knowledge of clauses and construct sentences accordingly. As you should already know, there are mainly two kinds of clauses in English: coordinate clauses and subordinate clauses. Subordinate clauses are further divided into three categories: adjective clause, adverb clause and noun clause.

Complete these sentences, using the clause suggested.

1. He began to play guitar …………………………………. (Adverb clause of time)

2. She started talking about his pet projects, ……………………………………. (Coordinate clause)

3. I looked out of the window ……………………………….. (Coordinate clause)

4. My legs were stiff …………………………………….. (Adverb clause of reason)

5. I wondered ………………………….. (Subordinate noun clause)

6. …………………………………. (Adverb clause of time) he went to New York for a month.

7. We eat ……………………………. (Adverb clause of purpose)

8. I don’t know ………………………………… (Subordinate noun clause)

9. …………………………………….. (Adverb clause of condition) he would have survived.

10. This is the girl …………………………………… (Adjective clause)

Answers

Many answers are possible for this exercise. We have provided some example sentences to show a sample of what you could have written.

1. He began to play guitar when he was six.

2. She started talking about his pet projects, but everybody went out of the room.

3. I looked out of the window and saw Susie driving down the street.

4. My legs were stiff because I had been standing still for a long time.

5. I wondered who had taken the money.

6. After he finished his exams, he went to New York for a month.

7. We eat that we may live.

8. I don’t know whether she will come.

9. If they had taken him to a good hospital, he would have survived.

10. This is the girl who won the first prize.

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