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I have to combine the following single sentences or parts of sentences into a completed...

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Raymond0513 | eNoter

Posted October 28, 2013 at 6:10 AM via web

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I have to combine the following single sentences or parts of sentences into a completed cumulative sentence, including appositives, clauses and phrases:

Ike is looking at his own haircut. 

The action is occurring in a barbershop. 

The barber shop has a huge mirror. 

There are two wooden chairs. 

There is one bottle filled with water. 

The table is made of wood. 

It's in the afternoon. 

It's in the summer. 

Ike is shocked. 

Ike is sitting on the chair. 

Ike is wearing a barber' s cape. 

Ike has a curly hair. 

His brow shows wrinkles. 

It's a botch haircut. 

It's a cut by the barber. 

Its had two bold spots. 

The haircut is overcompleted.

The haircut would ruin Ike's mood. 

He is looking at mirror images. 

His mouth slightly open 

in a shocked way. 

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 28, 2013 at 7:26 AM (Answer #1)

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When considering sentence construction, it is important to use various techniques to make essays or short stories interesting. Phrases, including appositive phrases and independent and dependent clauses are useful in improving sentence structure. Appositive phrases can be removed from a sentence in need but allow for interesting detail to be added without affecting the flow of a sentence or paragraph which may otherwise be oversimplified with too many short, simple sentences. There are many possibilities and the following is one consideration:

One summer afternoon, Ike, an older man whose brow shows his wrinkles, is sitting at a wooden table in front of a huge mirror in the sparsely-furnished barber shop, wearing the barber’s cape and staring, in disbelief, at his own mirror-image with its overcomplicated and botched haircut, his mouth slightly open as he contemplates the two bald spots in his otherwise curly hair; his mood obviously ruined. 

A complex sentence must contain a subordinate clause - one that cannot stand alone. A subordinate clause can often be recognized by the subordinating conjunction preceding it. In the above instance "as he contemplates the two bald spots..." is one such example. "As" is a subordinating conjunction, different from a co-ordinating conjunction like "and" which may join sentences together to form a compound sentence.  

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