Building and Combining Sentences with Adverb Clauses (part 3)

Practice Exercise in Building and Combining Sentences

Cleopatra
Detail from Death of Cleopatra (1675) by Francesco Cozza. (De Agostini/A. Dagli Ort/Getty Images)

As discussed in part one and part two, adverb clauses are subordinate structures that show the relationship and relative importance of ideas in sentences. They explain such things as when, where, and why about an action stated in the main clause. Here we'll practice building and combining sentences with adverb clauses.

 

Practice Exercise:
Building & Combining Sentences with Adverb Clauses

 

Combine the sentences in each set below by turning the sentence(s) in bold into an adverb clause. Begin the adverb clause with an appropriate subordinating conjunction. When you're done, compare your new sentences with the sample combinations on page two, keeping in mind that multiple combinations are possible.

Example:
Sailors wear earrings.
The earrings are made of gold.
Sailors always carry the cost of a burial.
They carry the cost on their own bodies.


Combination 1: So that they always carry the cost of a burial on their bodies, sailors wear gold earrings.
Combination 2: Sailors wear gold earrings so that they always carry the cost of a burial on their bodies.

  1. It is unlikely that Cleopatra actually committed suicide with an asp.
    The species is unknown in Egypt.

     
  2. The boy hid the gerbil.
    No one would ever find it.

     
  3. Our neighbors installed a swimming pool.
    The pool is in their backyard.

    They have gained many new friends.

     
  4. My parents and I watched in awe.
    We watched on a hot August evening.
    Erratic bolts of lightning illuminated the sky.
    The bolts of lightning were from a distant storm.


     
  5. Benny played the violin.
    The dog hid in the bedroom
    The dog whimpered.

     
  6. Natural rubber is used chiefly to make tires and inner tubes.
    It is cheaper than synthetic rubber.
    It has greater resistance to tearing when wet.


     
  1. A Peruvian woman finds an unusually ugly potato.
    She runs up to the nearest man.
    She smashes it in his face.
    This is done by ancient custom.

     
  2. Credit cards are dangerous.
    They encourage people to buy things.
    These are things that people are unable to afford.
    These are things that people do not really need.


     
  1. I kissed her once.
    I kissed her by the pigsty.
    She wasn't looking.
    I never kissed her again.
    She was looking all the time.

     
  2. Some day I shall take my glasses off.
    Some day I shall go wandering.
    I shall go out into the streets.
    I shall do this deliberately.
    I shall do this when the clouds are heavy.
    I shall do this when the rain is coming down.
    I shall do this when the pressure of realities is too great.

 

When you're done, compare your new sentences with the sample combinations on page two.

Here are sample answers to the practice exercise on page one: Building and Combining Sentences with Adverb Clauses. Keep in mind that multiple combinations are possible.

  1. Because the species is unknown in Egypt, it is unlikely that Cleopatra actually committed suicide with an asp.
  2. The boy hid the gerbil where no one would ever find it.
  3. Since our neighbors installed a swimming pool in their backyard, they have gained many new friends.
  1. On a hot August evening, my parents and I watched in awe as erratic bolts of lightning from a distant storm illuminated the sky.
  2. Whenever Benny played the violin, the dog hid in the bedroom and whimpered.
  3. Natural rubber is used chiefly to make tires and inner tubes because it is cheaper than synthetic rubber and has greater resistance to tearing when wet.
  4. By ancient custom, when a Peruvian woman finds an unusually ugly potato, she runs up to the nearest man and smashes it in his face.
  5. Credit cards are dangerous because they encourage people to buy things that they are unable to afford and do not really need.
  6. I kissed her once by the pigsty when she wasn't looking and never kissed her again although she was looking all the time.
    (Dylan Thomas, Under Milk Wood)
  7. Some day, when the clouds are heavy, and the rain is coming down and the pressure of realities is too great, I shall deliberately take my glasses off and go wandering out into the streets, never to be heard from again.
    (James Thurber, "The Admiral on the Wheel")
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