Knowing how to combine sentences is essential when writing. If you were unable to properly combine sentences, each sentence would be very short, simple and boring. Unfortunately, the rules for combining sentences can be somewhat complex. This worksheet helps with some examples of sentences to combine so you can get lots of practice combining sentences.
Combine the following sentences with a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so).
1) She went to work. She did not want to go.
2) The scientists trained him well. They helped him find a job when his training was through.
3) Polar bears are fierce, territorial animals. Grizzly bears are the same.
4) Mark told me not to come with him. He looked longingly at me as I left.
5) I will not give in to you. I will not let you push me around.
6) He loves to drive during the day. They will let him drive before 9pm.
7) My cat was hungry. It had not eaten since breakfast.
8) They couldn’t think of anything better to do. They decided to baby-sit for the family.
9) A book can be a lot of fun to read. A book can be boring.
10) That movie looks great! I would love to come see it with you.
Combine the following sentences with a subordinating conjunction (after all, although, because, before, however, therefore). This may require a semicolon!
11) They made plans to go. They ended up not being able to make it.
12) Some say that dogs are friendlier than cats. Cats can also be extremely loving.
13) What we’ve accomplished is a milestone. Let’s raise our glasses for a toast.
14) Dr. Johnson ate a big meal. He went to work afterward.
15) I simply cannot get out of bed. I am too tired.
16) Don’t give me a hard time. We’ve been close friends for so long.
17) We don’t believe the way you do. Our culture is very different from yours.
18) I can’t believe that you would do something so crazy. If I were you I might do the same.
19) The two weren’t always this close. When she died, they became closer.
20) I refused to talk about it. I was put in jail.
The following sentences share either the same subject or the same verb. Combine the sentences however you can.
21) Mr. Brown walked to the store. His pet monkey Ralph walked along with him.
22) The cactus is thirsty. The cactus is not getting enough sunlight.
23) My mug was in the cupboard. My mug is no longer in the cupboard.
24) Drew’s dog jumped into the air. Janine’s dog jumped into the air as well.
25) The book fell to the floor. It opened to a page I had never read before.
26) Your face has scars on it. Your face looks friendly.
27) Why did you say that word? It was extremely rude.
28) Everyone is lying to me! They’re trying to keep me from learning what they know.
29) Stop dancing like that. Sit back down in your chair.
30) Thomas’ friends seemed so strange. They were hanging up every time they called.
Combine as many sentences as you can in the following paragraph, using the above examples to guide you.
The Boston Red Sox were three games down. The Red Sox had to win the next four games to advance. Fans were worried. Boston had not won a World Series since 1918. No team had ever come back in the playoffs from a three-game deficit. All of the fans knew this. Red Sox fans watched anxiously as the fourth game of the ALCS began. Yankees fans watched confidently. They also knew that anything could happen. People wanted to watch a good series. They did not expect it to be such a nail-biter! David Roberts stole second base. This move would be remembered as the turning point of the series. Nobody believed the Red Sox would win that year. The Red Sox won that year. The Yankees would not win the World Series for another five years. In 2009, the Yankees won the World Series.
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