Skill Sheet 1: SST 60

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Use sentence-combining techniques effectively avoiding problematic comma splices, run sentences, and sentence fragments, especially in sentences containing compound subjects or verbs.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

     Will Kellogg was an unlikely candidate for fame and  fortune, he became one of America’s great successes. 

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Fortune but he

    • C.

      Fortune, yet he

    • D.

      Fortune; he

    Correct Answer
    C. Fortune, yet he
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "fortune, yet he". This answer is correct because it maintains the parallel structure of the sentence. The sentence begins with "Will Kellogg was an unlikely candidate for fame and fortune," so the parallel structure should continue with "yet he became one of America's great successes." This choice ensures that the sentence is grammatically correct and maintains the intended meaning.

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  • 2. 

    The two Kellogg boys could not have been more different.   Will, and John were different from each other. John was the family genius.            2 

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Will and John were different

    • C.

      Will and John. Were different

    • D.

      Will and, John were different

    Correct Answer
    B. Will and John were different
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Will and John were different." This answer is correct because it maintains the correct punctuation and capitalization. Additionally, it uses the correct verb form "were" to indicate that Will and John were different from each other.

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  • 3. 

    As a noted surgeon, John became the  head of an exclusive health resort to treat his                                                                         patients with exercise and, a strict vegetarian diet.                                  3  

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      With exercise and a strict vegetarian diet.

    • C.

      With exercise. A strict vegetarian diet.

    • D.

      With exercise, and a strict vegetarian diet.

    Correct Answer
    B. With exercise and a strict vegetarian diet.
    Explanation
    The given correct answer "with exercise and a strict vegetarian diet" is the most appropriate option because it maintains the parallel structure in the sentence. The phrase "with exercise" and "a strict vegetarian diet" are both parallel elements that describe the treatment provided at the health resort. The other options either create a comma splice or disrupt the parallel structure by separating the two elements with unnecessary punctuation.

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  • 4. 

    In 1880, Dr. John hired Will to work at the resort. From   shaving to shining, Will worked on the resort he was Dr. John’s servant.                                            4

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Will worked on the resort and he was

    • C.

      Will worked on the resort, he was

    • D.

      Will worked on the resort. He was

    Correct Answer
    D. Will worked on the resort. He was
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Will worked on the resort. He was." This answer provides a clear and concise sentence structure, separating the two statements with a period. It correctly conveys that Will worked at the resort and he was Dr. John's servant.

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  • 5. 

    Will jogged alongside getting his daily work orders as John bicycled to work.                                                                                                   5                                        

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Orders, John bicycled

    • C.

      Orders John bicycled

    • D.

      Orders, as John bicycled

    Correct Answer
    A. NO CHANGE
    Explanation
    The given sentence is grammatically correct as it is. There is no need to make any changes to the sentence.

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  • 6. 

    One of the special foods at the resort was pressed wheat. The brothers   boiled wheat dough and pressed it through rollers into thin sheets.                                  6    

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Wheat dough and, pressed

    • C.

      Wheat dough, and pressed

    • D.

      Wheat dough. Pressed

    Correct Answer
    A. NO CHANGE
    Explanation
    The sentence describes how the brothers prepared pressed wheat at the resort. The phrase "boiled wheat dough and pressed it through rollers into thin sheets" provides a clear explanation of the process. The phrase is grammatically correct and does not require any changes. Therefore, the correct answer is "NO CHANGE."

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  • 7. 

    One day when they pressed it, it turned into flakes instead of forming sheets its. Moisture                                                                                                                                        7 had dried out overnight.  

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Of forming sheets because its moisture

    • C.

      Of forming sheets, because its moisture

    • D.

      Of forming sheets, its moisture

    Correct Answer
    B. Of forming sheets because its moisture
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "of forming sheets because its moisture". The phrase "of forming sheets" is used to explain why the substance turned into flakes instead of forming sheets. The word "because" is used to show the cause-effect relationship between the two parts of the sentence. The phrase "its moisture" refers to the moisture content of the substance.

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  • 8. 

    The brothers toasted the flakes and they served them. They                                        8 guests loved the new cereal and ordered it from their homes.    

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      Toasted the flakes and, they

    • C.

      Toasted the flakes; they

    • D.

      Toasted the flakes and they

    Correct Answer
    D. Toasted the flakes and they
    Explanation
    The sentence describes how the brothers toasted the flakes and served them, and as a result, the 8 guests loved the new cereal and ordered it from their homes. The correct answer "toasted the flakes and they" maintains the correct punctuation and conjunction to connect the actions of toasting the flakes and serving them.

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  • 9. 

    Since there was such high demand, the brothers opened a mail-order business, but the       9 snobbish Dr. John refused to sell the flakes to grocery stores.                           

    • A.

      Because

    • B.

      Although

    • C.

      As

    • D.

      Seeing

    Correct Answer
    B. Although
    Explanation
    The word "Although" is used to show a contrast or contradiction between two ideas. In this context, it suggests that despite the high demand for the product, Dr. John refused to sell the flakes to grocery stores. This implies that there may have been some disagreement or conflict between the high demand and Dr. John's decision.

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  • 10. 

    In 1906, Will finally bought out John’s share of the cereal patents and struck out on his own.  A business genius, he invented advertising techniques that made his new product, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, a household term Will K. Kellogg quickly became one of the richest people in America. 10    

    • A.

      NO CHANGE

    • B.

      A household term, Will K. Kellogg

    • C.

      A household term, so Will K. Kellogg

    • D.

      A household. Term Will K. Kellogg

    Correct Answer
    C. A household term, so Will K. Kellogg
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "a household term, so Will K. Kellogg." This answer is correct because it adds a coordinating conjunction ("so") to show a cause-and-effect relationship between Will K. Kellogg inventing advertising techniques and the product becoming a household term. This addition helps to clarify the connection between Will K. Kellogg's actions and his success as one of the richest people in America.

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