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Sentence Building With Adjectives and Adverbs

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In this exercise we will apply the basic strategies outlined in Introduction to Sentence Combining. Tip: click on the "Print this page" link (in the box on the right) to see the exercise without any ads.

Combine the sentences in each set into a single clear sentence containing at least one adjective or adverb (or both). Omit words that are needlessly repeated, but don't leave out any important details. If you run into any problems, you may find it helpful to review the following pages:

After you have completed the exercise, compare your new sentences with the original sentences at the bottom of this page. Keep in mind that many combinations are possible, and in some cases you may prefer your own sentences to the original versions.

  1. Willie had a beard and a moustache.
    The beard was bushy.
    The beard was long.
    The moustache was droopy.

  2. The man handed me a photograph of a woman.
    He did this silently.
    The man was old.
    The woman was beautiful.

  3. The man handed me a photograph of a woman.
    The photograph was torn.
    The photograph was faded.
    The woman was young.

  4. The photograph brought back memories.
    The memories were brought back instantly.
    The memories were fine.
    The memories were old.

  5. The photograph of the woman brought back memories.
    The memories were brought back instantly.
    The woman was beautiful.
    The woman was young.
    The photograph was torn.
    The photograph was faded.
    The memories were fine.
    The memories were old.

SAMPLE COMBINATIONS:

  1. Willie had a long, bushy beard and a droopy moustache.
  2. Silently, the old man handed me a photograph of a beautiful woman.
  3. The man handed me a torn and faded photograph of a young woman.
  4. The photograph instantly brought back fine old memories.
  5. The torn and faded photograph of a beautiful young woman instantly brought back fine old memories.
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