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Comma Splices and Fused Sentences - Exercise 5

Directions: Follow directions for creating complex sentences for each part of the exercise.
Write your answers in the space provided under each item. When you have completed the exercise, click on "Check My Answers" and check your answers with those on the answer key.

Part I
Make complex sentences out of the following dependent and independent clauses. Write your completed complex sentences in the spaces provided.
Following these examples, rewrite the below sentences on the given line.

1. before I could say anything

He slammed the door.

2. The Republicans controlled the state government until 1956. when the Democrats took over

3. although Smith had an outstanding record

The committee voted Jones the outstanding student.

4. despite the difficulty this unit poses

You are probably doing a good job.

5. The dog belongs to my neighbor.

that is wearing the new leather collar

Part II

Make complex sentences out of the following groups of independent clauses.

First make one clause into a dependent clause and then join the dependent clause to the independent clause.

Use the subordinate conjunction in parentheses to make one of the clauses a dependent one. Be certain to construct sentences that make sense.

Write your completed complex sentences in the spaces provided.

6. The neighbors were on friendly terms again. The misunderstanding had been cleared up. (after)

7. The Arkansas River runs through the town of Little Rock. It flows to the east to join the Mississippi. (change it to which)

8. Susan washed the dishes. Charlotte dried them. (before)

9. Everyone signs the petition. The bill will not become law. (until)

10. I arrived at the scene. The accident had already occurred. (when)



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