Sentence Variety

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"Sentence Variety" Exercises
In each exercise, you will practice combining sentences or using the following varieties: simple, compound, complex, compound-complex, prepositional phrases of location, adverbs of negation and time, and conditional sentence structures. Each exercise will give you specific instructions regarding the sentence type or subject verb inversion to use. Your goal is to complete ten exercises in a row, or until you feel comfortable using a variety of sentences structures in your writing. Exercise 1

Combine the following two sentence into a compound sentence using the coordinating conjunction "and." The boxing match will take place in Las Vegas. More than twenty thousand spectators will pay to see the fight.

Exercise 2
Separate the following sentence into three separate sentences. By the time the study was completed, they had determined that fourteen thousand students die each year due to alcohol related accidents, which is why new laws should be passed against binge drinking at college parties.

Exercise 3
Combine the following two sentences into a complex sentence using the dependent clause connector "provided." Billy will be a guest on the David Lettermen Show. He will get back from his trip to Europe by Thursday.

Exercise 4
Combine the following sentences into a compound-complex sentence using the coordinating conjunction "but" and the dependent clause connector "whose." Steven Jones' boss suggested that he retire. Steven has decided to continue working. He will not work at his boss's company.

Exercise 5
Rewrite the following sentence by placing the prepositional phrase "next to the mountains" at the beginning, after which you will need to change the word order. The campus of California State University, San Bernardino lies next to the mountains.

Exercise 6
Rewrite the following sentence by placing the adverb "scarcely ever" at the beginning, after which you will need to change the word order. His professor has scarcely ever arrived to class late.

Exercise 7
Omit the conditional clause connector "if" in this sentence, after which you will need to change the word order If I had known that there were police officers monitoring the speed of traffic on Interstate 15, I would have driven within the speed limit.

Exercise 8
Rewrite the following sentence by placing the participle "situated along the coast of California" at the beginning of the sentence. The cities of Newport, Huntington, and Laguna Beaches are situated along the coast of California. Exercise 9

Combine the following two sentences into a compound sentence using the coordinating conjunction "so." It was a really hot day. Jane and her family decided to go to the beach.

Exercise 10
Separate the following sentence into five separate sentences. How many of the students were actually prepared to take the test was uncertain, whereas how many of them had been attending class was certain, so it was important for the teacher to monitor both class participation and attendance.

Exercise 11
Combine the following two sentences into a complex sentence using the dependent clause connector "wherever." With no plan in mind, I usually run. My dogs and I decide to go.

Exercise 12
Combine the following sentences into a compound-complex sentence using the coordinating conjunction "or" and the dependent clause connectors "inasmuch as" and "if." Mary passes the driver's test on Friday. She will be able to drive to the beach with her friends. She doesn't pass the test. Her parents will have to be the designated drivers.

Exercise 13
Rewrite the following sentence by placing the prepositional phrase "near the desk beneath a pile of papers" at the beginning, after which you will need to change the word order. The most important document of her life rests near the desk beneath a pile of papers.

Exercise 14
Rewrite the following sentence by placing the adverb "not for all the money in the world"...
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