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Exercise in Combining Sentences With Regular Verbs

Practice in Using the Past Tense

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In this two-part exercise, you will (1) complete each sentence by selecting the correct form of the verb in the past tense, and then (2) combine the sentences in the exercise into a cohesive paragraph.

If you are unfamiliar with sentence combining, you may find it helpful to read the article What Is Sentence Combining and How Does It Work?

Instructions:
This exercise has two steps:

  1. For each of the following sentences, write the correct past form of the regular verb in parentheses.
  2. Combine and arrange the 16 sentences in the exercise into a paragraph of seven or eight new sentences. You may add, delete, or alter words in the interest of clarity, coherence, and cohesion.

When you have completed both parts of the exercise, compare your work with the sample answers on page two.

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The Tramp

  1. Yesterday I (wait) in the park for my husband.

  2. Half an hour (pass).

  3. I (walk) in circles.

  4. I (scatter) bread crumbs for the pigeons.

  5. I (avoid) the stares of the vagrants.

  6. Finally, I (rest) on one of the benches.

  7. Out of the corner of my eye, I (watch) a middle-aged tramp drinking wine.

  8. He (wave) the bottle of wine in the air.

  9. He (pour) the wine over his head.

  10. I (laugh).

  11. He (giggle).

  12. He (start) to dance.

  13. At first I (enjoy) his foolish antics.

  14. Then the tramp (stagger) over to my bench.

  15. I (scream).

  16. I (recognize) the tramp: he was my husband!


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