Subskill #15 Sentence Formation: Sentence Clarity II



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Subskill #15 Sentence Formation: Sentence Clarity II


Read the sentences below. Choose the sentence you think is written most clearly and correctly.

  1. A. Bob failed his math test because he did not study for it.

  1. Because Bob did not study, he failed his math test.

  2. Failing his math test was because Bob did not study.

  3. Not studying was why Bob failed his math test.



  1. A. Sharon loved the dog that her father brought for her.

  1. Sharon’s father bought a dog for her which she loved.

  2. The dog Sharon’s father brought for her she loved.

  3. Sharon loved the dog her father brought for her.



  1. A. On his way to school Jack lost his notebook.

  1. On his way to school Jacks’ notebook was lost.

  2. Jack lost his notebook on his way to school.

  3. Jacks’ notebook was lost on the way to school.



  1. A. I called Donna and told her the good news, because I learned I had passed my exam.

  1. I called Donna because I learned I had passed my exam and told her the good news.

  2. Upon learning I had passed my exam, I called Donna and told her the good news.

  3. The good news that I called and told Donna was because I learned I had passed my exam.


  1. A. I am writing a short story, which is nearly finished.


  1. I am nearly finished with the short story that I am writing.

  2. The short story is nearly finished that I am writing.

  3. The short story I am writing is nearly finished.



  1. A. The decision was a good one that I made.

  1. The decision I made I felt was good.

  2. I feel I made a good decision.

  3. I feel that the decision I made was good.



  1. A. Jane called her kitten, opening the can of food and filled the food bowl.

  1. Opening the can of food, Jane called her kitten and filled the food bowl.

  2. Jane called her kitten and opened the can of food and filled the food bowl.

  3. Filling the food bowl, Jane called her kitten and opened the can of food.

8. A. Carol loves to go to the beach and swim.

  1. Going to the beach and swimming are what Carol loves.

  2. Swimming when she goes to the beach is what Carol loves.

  3. What Carol loves is going to the beach and swimming.


9. A. She always gets sunburned, and because of that my friend Jana hates going to beach.

  1. Jana, my friend, always gets sunburned and hates going to the beach.

  2. My friend Jana hates going to the beach; she always gets sunburned.

  3. Hating the beach because she always gets sunburned is my friend Jana.

10. A. Another test is not needed.
  1. As far as I am concerned, there is no need for another test.


  2. There is no need for another test as far as I am concerned.

  3. For another test as far as I am concerned, there is no need.

11. A. Being abrupt is a tendency she has with people.

  1. She tends to be abrupt with people.

  2. Her tendency with people is to be abrupt.

  3. Being abrupt with people is what she has a tendency to do.

12. A. In the event enough people turn out, the fundraiser should be a success.

  1. The fundraiser should be a success in the event enough people turn out.

  2. It should be a successful fundraiser in the event enough people turn out.

  3. If enough people turn out, the fundraiser should be a success.

13. A. The point I am trying to make is that sometimes students suffer from test anxiety.



  1. Sometimes students suffer from test anxiety.

  2. Students’ suffering from test anxiety is the point I am trying to make.

  3. Sometimes students suffering from test anxiety is the point I am trying to make.

14. A. What I mean to say is that some people are happier with the new rules.

  1. The new rules made some people happier is what I meant to say.

  2. Some people are happier with the new rules.

  3. Some people are happier with the new rules is what I meant to say.

15. A. All things considered, smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and unpleasant.

  1. Smoking cigarettes, all things considered, is unhealthy and unpleasant.
  2. Cigarette smoking is unhealthy and unpleasant, all things considered.


  3. Cigarette smoking is unhealthy and unpleasant.

16. A. More jobs require computer skills now at the present time.

  1. More jobs require computer skills at the present time.

  2. Computer skills at the present time are required by more jobs.

  3. At the present time more jobs require computer skills.

17. A. Due to the fact that I missed my last test, I may fail the class.



  1. I missed my last test and due to that fact I may fail the class.

  2. Because I missed my last test I may fail the class.

  3. I may fail my class due to the fact that I missed the last test.

18. A. We began to use the new voting system in the last election.

  1. The new voting system we began to use in the last election.

  2. In the last election we began to use the new voting system.

  3. The last election we began to use the new voting system.

19. A. There was twenty-five students in my Biology class.

  1. There were a total of twenty-five students in my biology class.

  2. In my biology class there was a total of twenty-five students.

  3. Twenty-five was the total of students in my Biology class.

20. A. In spite of the fact that I was late; they still let me take my test.

  1. I was late and in spite of the fact they let me take my test.

  2. They let me take my test in spite of the fact that I was late.

  3. Although I was late, they let me take my test.


Answer Key




  1. A

  2. D
  3. A


  4. C

  5. D

  6. C

  7. B

  8. A

  9. C

  10. A

  11. B

  12. D

  13. B

  14. C

  15. D

  16. D

  17. C

  18. A

  19. C

  20. D



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