Everyday English 1
Everyday English 1

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Everyday English 1

4.3 Longer sentences

So far, all the sentences you have looked at have been short. They are called simple sentences – there is only one part to them. Simple sentences can be joined together to make a compound sentence by using a conjunction.

Examples of conjunctions are:

and, so, but, because, although

A compound sentence could look like this:

I enjoy my job and I work near my house.

Each part would still make sense on its own: I enjoy my job. I work near my house.

Activity 28 Using conjunctions

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Look at the following short sentences and use a conjunction to make them into one compound sentence. Write your answer in the space underneath.

I am going on holiday. I am looking forward to it.

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Mark has got a new job. It is a very long journey each day.

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The computer is quite old. It is still reliable.

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The shop is convenient for me. It is on the corner.

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I am going to buy that coat. It is quite expensive.

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Answer

You can see the conjunctions in bold:

I am going on holiday and I am looking forward to it.

Mark has got a new job but it is a very long journey each day.

The computer is quite old but it is still reliable.

The shop is convenient for me because it is on the corner.

I am going to buy that coat although it is quite expensive.

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