Sentence synthesis exercise

August 11, 2011pdf

Ways of combining two or more simple sentences into one simple sentence

By using a preposition + noun / gerund

Study the following sentences.

  • She had many shortcomings. But she was a nice woman.
  • In spite of having many shortcomings, she was a nice woman.
  • Tagore was a great poet. He was a good painter.
  • Besides being a great poet, Tagore was a good painter.

By using an adverb or adverbial phrase

  • He will win the first prize. That is certain.
  • He will certainly win the first prize.
  • They decided to start a business. All agreed to this.
  • They unanimously decided to start a business.

Exercise
Combine each of the following pairs of sentences into a simple sentence.

1. He won a jackpot. He built a big mansion.
2. He stood on tip-toe. He reached for the apple.
3. The rain stopped. We continued our journey.
4. James is going to the US. He wants to pursue higher education there.
5. Caesar was a great conqueror. But he failed to unite the various conquered territories into a well-knit empire.

Answers
1. Having won a jackpot, he built a big mansion.
2. Standing on tip-toe, he reached for the apple.
3. The rain having stopped we continued our journey.
4. James is going to the US to pursue higher education.
5. Despite being a great conqueror, Caesar failed to unite the various conquered territories into a well-knit empire.

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