Sentence conversion exercise

November 11, 2011pdf

A simple sentence has only one main clause. It does not have any subordinate clauses. A complex sentence has one main clause and one or more subordinate clauses.

A complex sentence can be converted into a simple sentence by contracting a subordinate clause into a word or phrase.

Study the following example.

We believe that he is innocent. (Complex sentence)

This sentence can be converted into a simple sentence by changing the subordinate clause ‘that he is innocent’ into a word or phrase.

We believe in his innocence. (Simple sentence)

Exercise

Convert each of the following complex sentences into simple sentences.

1. He sold the house that belonged to his father.
2. I have no money that I can lend you.
3. The marks that were left by the whip are still visible.
4. He prospered by the money he inherited from his father.
5. A man who is dead has no worries.

Answers

1. He sold his father’s house.
2. I have no money to lend you.
3. The marks left by the whip are still visible.
4. He prospered by his father’s money.
5. A dead man has no worries.

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