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Multiple Ways of Combining Sentences
Write your answers on separate paper.


The Original Sentence

They were watching the football game, and they forgot to feed the baby.


Combining as Main Clauses with a Colon or Semicolon

1. Rewrite the sentence using a colon, semicolon or a dash. Indicate whether your version reflects amplification (formal or informal) or contrast.


Combining Using Subordinate Clauses

Use a subordinate conjunction to combine the two sentences to establish the indicated logical connection and focus.

2. Focus on "were watching"; logical connection = time

3. Focus on "forgot"; logical connection = time

4. Focus on "were watching"; logical connection = cause/effect

5. Focus on "forgot"; logical connection = cause/effect


Combining Using Semi-Reduced Clauses

6. Rewrite your response to (2) [Focus on "were watching"; logical connection = time] as a semi-reduced clause.

7. Rewrite your response to (3) [Focus on "forgot"; logical connection = time] as a semi-reduced clause.

8. Rewrite your response to (4) [Focus on "were watching"; logical connection = cause/effect] as a semi-reduced clause.

9. Rewrite your response to (5) [Focus on "forgot"; logical connection = cause/effect] as a semi-reduced clause.


Combining Using Gerundives

10. Rewrite your response to (6) [Focus on "were watching"; logical connection = time] as a gerundive.

11 Rewrite your response to (7) [Focus on "forgot"; logical connection = time] as a gerundive.