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Building Sentences with Participial Phrases: Sample Combinations

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Here are sample combinations for the 10 sets of sentence-building exercises on page one. Keep in mind that in most cases more than one effective combination is possible.

  1. Invented by an Indiana housewife in 1889, the first dishwasher was driven by a steam engine.

  2. Sitting on the ground in a shady corner with my back against the wall, I took small sips from a can of Coke.

  3. Sitting on the widow ledge overlooking the narrow street, I watched the children frolicking in the first snow of the season.

  4. Published by the U.S. Government in 1914, the first edition of Infant Care recommended the use of peat moss for disposable diapers.

  5. The gray, weather-worn house sat stately upon a hill surrounded by barren tobacco fields.

  6. Fearing that some member of the gang might see me, I washed the windows in a fever of fear, whipping the squeegee swiftly up and down the glass.

  7. "Goldsmith smiled, bunching his fat cheeks like twin rolls of smooth pink toilet paper."
    (Nathanael West, Miss Lonelyhearts)

  8. "The roaches scurried in and out of the breadbox, singing chanteys as they worked and pausing only to thumb their noses jeeringly in my direction."
    (S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge)

  9. The medieval peasant--distracted by war, weakened by malnutrition, exhausted by his struggle to earn a living--was an easy prey for the dreaded Black Death.

  10. He eats slowly, steadily, sucking the rich sardine oil from his fingers with slow and complete relish.
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