Sentence-Combining Exercises

Combine each set of short sentences and fragments into one sentence.

1. I always order cheese fries. The reason why is because they're my favorite.

2. Bob was my boyfriend. That was in high school. We dated for about eight months. Before I met Mike.

3. The tree fell on the house. This was a sycamore. Because of the high winds. But my grandmother wasn't hurt.

4. My dog's name is George. He is a Golden Retriever. He loves to play Frisbee. Loves to swim, too.

5. My parents gave me a car. That is why I'm able to afford to go to college. Still, I work part-time. I work at Wal-Mart. I'm a cashier.

Combine these six pairs of sentences using the coordinating conjunctions listed below. Use each conjunction only one time.

and, but, or, so, yet, nor

6. Some students stay on the sidewalks. Some students cut across the grass.

7. Students have to park far from their classrooms. They are often late for class.

8. Trash cans have been placed all over campus. Students still throw garbage on the ground.

9. The administration promised to improve dining hall service. The quality of the food is actually worse this year.

10. These students do not respect the feelings of others.  They don't seem to respect themselves.

11. We must stand up for our rights today. We may find ourselves with no rights at all.

Combine the same sentences above using the subordinating conjunctions listed below. Again, use each conjunction only one time.

unless, because, even though, while, although, though

12. Some students stay on the sidewalks. Some students cut across the grass.

13. Students have to park far from their classrooms. They are often late for class.

14. Trash cans have been placed all over campus. Students still throw garbage on the ground.

15. The administration promised to improve dining hall service. The quality of the food is actually worse this year.

16. These students do not respect the feelings of others. They do seem to respect themselves.

17. We must stand up for our rights today. We may find ourselves with no rights at all.