Joining Two Sentences

Using and and but

Use and to join similar ideas; use but to join contrasting ideas.

  • The police arrived first. The ambulance came later.
  • The police arrived first and the ambulance came later.
  • Their front door was open. Nobody was at home.
  • Their front door was open but nobody was at home.
  • His rope was thin. It was strong.
  • His rope was thin but it was strong.
  • Peter took out his pen. He began to make notes.
  • Peter took out his pen and began to make notes.

Using adjectives

Two simple sentences can be made into one by using describing words from the second sentence.

  • A boar charged the hunter. It was extremely savage.
  • An extremely savage boar charged the hunter.
  • The soldiers attacked the enemies. The soldiers were brave.
  • The brave soldiers attacked the enemies.
  • The wind sprang up suddenly. It was very strong.
  • The very strong wind sprang up suddenly.
  • The sun beat down on the horsemen. It was painfully hot.
  • The painfully hot sun beat down on the horse men.

Using a preposition and which

  • We bought some lemons. We extracted the juice.
  • We bought some lemons from which we extracted the juice.
  • Alice lent me a mattress. I slept soundly.
  • Alice lent me a mattress on which I slept soundly.
  • I picked up a stick. I killed the snake.
  • I picked up a stick with which I killed the snake.
  • My aunt gave me her gold necklace. I was very grateful.
  • My aunt gave me her gold necklace for which I was very grateful.

Using a preposition + whose/whom

Read the sentences given below.

  • The boy is very tall. We swam in his pool.
  • The boy, in whose pool we swam, is very tall.
  • I played golf with a visitor. He was a good player.
  • The visitor, with whom I played golf, was a good player.
  • I sat beside a woman. The woman was your aunt.
  • The woman beside whom I sat was your aunt.
  • I rode on Harry’s horse. Harry watched me closely.
  • Harry, on whose horse I rode, watched me closely.
  • I sent a parcel to my friend. He received it yesterday.
  • My friend, to whom I sent a parcel, received it yesterday.

Manjusha Nambiar

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