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SAT Practice, The New Verbal Section

Sentence Building Playsheet

Note: These are exercises used in classroom and online courses. See the Abacus-es Classes page. Many contain intentional errors to be fixed. Be sure to look up vocabulary terms as needed. mp3 (1K)
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Combining Sentences

Combine the following groups of sentences into single sentences with multiple clauses. For example:

  1. The mastodon was furious.
  2. The mastodon's bicycle had been buried in the compost pile.
Combined sentence: The mastodon, whose bicycle had been buried in the compost pile, was furious.
  1. The pleasantly argumentative tour guide avoided the flock of confused ducks.
  2. The ducks were trying to pick the coffee beans out of the coal scuttle.
  1. Rupert plied the recalcitrant postman with questions.
  2. Most of the questions dealt with the expanding universe.
  1. The starboard nacelle had been infested with tribbles.
  2. The fluffy coats of the tribbles could be knitted into excellent bicycle seats.
  1. The function returned a strange value.
  2. The value appeared to be unrelated to the parameters passed.
  3. The value was, however, a function of parameters passed in the subsequent three calls to the function.
  1. The chef was unable to wrest the spatula from the unintelligible Mancunian.
  2. The Mancunian's Dachshund bore a rhinestone howdah on its back.
  3. The howdah was occupied by two inimical chipmunks.
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