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Combining Sentences

This resource was written by Tony Cimasko.
Last edited by Allen Brizee on February 26, 2009 .

This resource provides guidelines and practice activities for effectively combining shorter, simpler sentences into longer ones.

Writing shorter sentences is an easy strategy for getting your thoughts down fast when you’re writing first drafts, and for avoiding grammar mistakes, but in the end it weakens the effectiveness of your writing.  If you can combine simpler sentences into longer and more complex ones, your writing will have a lot more variety.  It will also help you to communicate more content to your audiences—when you combine sentences, you can efficiently tell your readers about the relationships between different things.

The following will give you some basic information on how to combine sentences, and then you will have the chance to practice sentence combining yourself.

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