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Revising Sentences With Adjective Clauses

A Sentence-Revision Exercise

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This exercise will give you practice in writing and revising sentences with adjective clauses (also known as relative clauses). You may find it helpful to complete these exercises as well:

Instructions:
Rewrite each of the following sentences according to the instructions in parentheses. When you're done, compare your revised sentences with those on page two.

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  1. Bonnie, who has taken a part-time job at Bargain World, is saving her money for a trip to Cancun.
    (Turn the adjective clause into the main clause, and vice versa.)

  2. Felix took a correspondence course in taxidermy; Felix is stuffing the Christmas turkey with cotton wool.
    (Eliminate the semicolon, and turn the first main clause into an adjective clause.)

  3. The store manager was wearing a top hat and a shabby suit, and he wandered around jangling his keys.
    (Turn the second main clause into an adjective clause.)

  4. Leonardo da Vinci invented an alarm clock; it woke the sleeper by gently rubbing his feet.
    (Eliminate the semicolon, and turn the second main clause into an adjective clause.)

  5. This beer made Milwaukee famous; the beer has made a loser out of me.
    (Eliminate the semicolon, and turn the first main clause into an adjective clause.)

  6. Willie Sarkis, who now plays for tips and drunks at the Rainbow Grill, was a concert pianist in his youth.
    (Turn the adjective clause into the main clause, and vice versa.)

  7. One day a window was blown right out of its sashes by a strong gust of wind; the window frame had rotted.
    (Eliminate the semicolon, and turn the second main clause into an adjective clause beginning with whose.)

  8. There was a tile stove in Shosha's apartment, and a cricket lived behind the stove.
    (Eliminate the conjunction and; turn the second main clause into an adjective clause beginning with behind which.)

  9. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, and his tomb was discovered in 1922.
    (Eliminate the conjunction and; turn the second main clause into an adjective clause.)

  10. Hurling, which has been the national sport of Ireland for at least 2,000 years, is to American eyes like a soccer game played at ice-hockey speed.
    (Make this sentence more concise by eliminating the relative pronoun and turning the adjective clause into an appositive.)

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