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Beginning and Interrupting Sentences with Phrases QUIZ


Follow the directions to combine the following sentences in a variety of ways.

1.  Kenyatta practices the drums every night.  She is determined.  She wants to play for the high school band.


     a) Write a complex sentence that begins with a prepositional phrase.

                          

              hint     answer

     b) Write a simple sentence that begins with a past participial phrase.

 

              hint     answer                                      

                 

2.  Maxine invests part of every paycheck.  She does this so that she can save money for retirement.


     a)  Write a simple sentence that begins with an infinitive phrase.

                  hint       answer                 

     

     b)  Write a complex sentence.

 

             hint         answer


3. Tobias exercises every day.  He manages his

stress.  He is able to study efficiently.


     a)  Write a compound sentence that begins

           with a present participial phrase and

           includes a transitional expression                         
      

                hint 1       hint 2         answer


 

      b) Write a compound-complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.        

               
                hint         answer



     c) Write a complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.


              hint          answer



4.  Xavier works out at the YMCA every morning.  He does this so that he can lose weight.


     a) Write a simple sentence that begins with an infinitive phrase.


           hint          answer

      

       b) Write a complex sentence that begins with an independent clause.


           hint          answer                       .



5.  Mai Nhia balances work, family, and school.  She does not have time to see her friends.  She keeps in touch on Facebook.


     a) Write a compound sentence that begins with a present participial phrase.


            hint         answer



     b)Write a compound-complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.


             hint        answer



6.  David has been working with a tutor in the writing center every week this semester.  He has been doing this so that he can do well on his research paper.


     a) Write a simple sentence that begins with an infinitive phrase.


             hint           answer

     b) Write a complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.


            hint            answer



7.  A giant wave threw Timothy overboard.  He struggled in the water.  His sister pulled him back into the boat.


     a) Write a complex sentence that begins with a past participial phrase.


           hint 1        hint 2      answer


     b) Write a compound-complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.


           hint              answer



8.  Michael's car broke down.  He was on a quiet country road.  He called a tow truck.


     a) Write a compound sentence that begins with a prepositional phrase.


           hint              answer


     b) Write a complex sentence that begins with a dependent clause.


              hint          answer


9.  Tianna is a chemist for 3M.  She works in Maplewood.


     a) Write a simple sentence that includes an appositive.

      

            answer


       b) Write a complex sentence that ends with a relative clause.

      

            answer