A Sentence-Combining Exercise
Directions: Read the passage all the way through. You will notice that the sentences are short and choppy. Study the passage, and then rewrite it in a better way. You may combine sentences, change the order of words, and omit words that are repeated too many times. But try not to leave out any of the information.
Sir Walter Elliot lived in Kellynch Hall. Kellynch Hall is in
Somersetshire. He was a man. For his own amusement, he never took
up any book but the Baronetage. There he found occupation for an idle
hour. And there he found consolation in a distressed one. There his
faculties were roused into admiration and respect. He contemplated
the limited remnant of the earliest patents. Sometimes unwelcome
sensations arose from domestic affairs. In the Baronetage, these
sensations changed naturally into pity and contempt. They did so as he
turned over the almost endless creations of the last century. Sometimes
in the Baronetage every other leaf was powerless. Then he could read
his own history. His interest in this never failed. This was the page at
which the favorite volume always opened:
"ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH HALL.
"Walter Elliot died. He was born on March 1, 1760. He was married on
July 15, 1784. He married Elizabeth. She was the daughter of James
Stevenson, Esq. Mr. Stevenson was of South Park. South Park is in
the county of Gloucester. Elizabeth died in 1800. With her he had
children. They had Elizabeth. She was born on June 1, 1785. They had
Anne. Ann was born on August 9, 1787. They had a still-born son. He
was born on November 5, 1789. They had Mary. Mary was born on
November 20, 1791."