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Combining Sentences With Contractions

Exercise in Using Contractions and Apostrophes Effectively


This exercise will give you practice in applying the first principle introduced in Using Apostrophes Correctly: Use an apostrophe to show the omission of letters in a contraction.


Combine the sentences in each set below into a single clear sentence, converting the words in bold into contractions. Feel free to change the word order, add connecting words, and eliminate needless repetition. Here's an example:

Original: You are tired. You should not try to study.
Combined: You shouldn't try to study when you're tired.

If you run into any problems while working on this exercise, review the pages on Standard Contractions in English and What Is Sentence Combining? When you're done, compare your responses with the sample combinations on page two.

  1. It is too cold to go swimming this morning.
    I will stay home and read a book.

  2. This morning I left a message for Sam.
    He has not returned my call.

  3. We are lost.
    We are on a road that does not go anywhere.

  4. We will be joining you in Springfield.
    We hope you do not mind.

  5. There is the man.
    He is the man who is engaged to my sister.

  6. She is quitting her job.
    She did not say why.

  7. Merdine has not attended any classes this week.
    I do not know what is troubling her.

  8. The Simpsons are not going with us to the movies.
    They have not been able to find a babysitter.

  9. It is not fair.
    You are going to Hawaii.
    I am stuck at home.

  10. I would like to help you.
    You are a close friend.
    I am too busy right now.

When you're done, compare your responses with the sample combinations on page two.

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