Joining two simple sentences into another simple sentence

June 27, 2013pdf

Sentence synthesis means combining two or more simple sentences into one new sentence. The new sentence may be a simple sentence, a complex sentence or a compound sentence. In this lesson we will learn the different techniques used to combine two simple sentences into another simple sentence.

By using infinitives

Read the sentences given below.

  • I have to support my family. I want to find a job.

We can combine these two sentences into one using a to-infinitive.

  • I want to find a job to support my family.

More examples are given below.

  • She works hard. She wants to pass the test.
  • She works hard to pass the test.
  • I put on my best clothes. I wanted to impress her.
  • I put on my best clothes to impress her.

By using a noun or phrase in apposition

Study the sentences given below.

  • This is my sister. Her name is Mira.

We can combine these two sentences into one.

  • This is my sister, Mira.
  • Winston Churchill was a great politician and statesman. He also won the Nobel Prize for literature.
  • Winston Churchill, a great politician and statesman, also won the Nobel Prize for literature.

By using a participle

We can combine two simple sentences into one by using a present or past participle.

  • He was frustrated with life. He tried to commit suicide.
  • Frustrated with life, he tried to commit suicide.
  • I saw the fox. It was chasing a rabbit.
  • I saw the fox chasing a rabbit.
  • The workers finished their work. They left for home.
  • Having finished their work, the workers left for home.
  • He was betrayed by his partner. He suffered huge losses.
  • Betrayed by his partner, he suffered huge losses.
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