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WT 050 Combining Sentences

Teacher Tips and Answers


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Combining Sentences

You can combine two or more short sentences into one long sentence. Here’s an example:

    Three Short Sentences:

    I like slithery snakes.
    I like gorgeous geckos.
    I like friendly frogs.

    One Long Sentence:

    I like slithery snakes,
    gorgeous geckos,
    and friendly frogs.

Why Combine?

The three short sentences sound choppy. The long sentence has more style and is fun to read. You can learn how to combine sentences on the next page.

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Four Ways to Combine Sentences

Use Compound Subjects

A compound subject is two or more subjects in one sentence.

    Tara loves reptiles. Fae loves reptiles.
    Tara and Fae love reptiles.

Use Compound Verbs

A compound verb (predicate) is two or more verbs in one sentence.

    Fae spotted an iguana. She fed it an orange.
    Fae spotted an iguana and fed it an orange.

Use a Series

You can also use a series to combine short sentences.

    Eli loves cats. Aidan loves cats. Gabe loves cats.
    Eli, Aidan, and Gabe love cats.

You can move a key word from one sentence to another.

    I got a kitten. It happened yesterday.
    I got a kitten yesterday.


Sometimes you can put a key word like “yesterday” at the beginning of your new sentence.

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Vocabulary List:
  • combine sentences: make short sentences into one longer and better-developed sentence

Vocabulary List:
  • compound subject: two or more subjects joined by and or or

  • compound verb: two or more verbs joined by and or or

  • series: three or more word groups joined by commas and or or and

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