If the following six groups of sentences were in the proper order, they would be an easy-to-follow paragraph.Put the groups in order by typing the corresponding letter of each group and separating...

If the following six groups of sentences were in the proper order, they would be an easy-to-follow paragraph.

Put the groups in order by typing the corresponding letter of each group and separating the letters with a comma (for example: b, a, c, d, e). The group that should be first has already been marked with a numeral 1.

a. Billy was still stuffing his shirt into his blue jeans as he stood on the porch. He unbuckled his belt and tightened it again. The belt showed, by the worn shiny places opposite each hole, the gradual increase of Billy's middle over a period of years.

b. He curried and brushed two saddlehorses in the stalls, talking quietly to them all the time; and he had hardly finished when the iron triangle started ringing at the ranch house.

c. At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky. He was a broad, bandy-legged little man with a walrus mustache, with square hands, puffed and muscled on the palms. His eyes were a contemplative, watery gray, and the hair that protruded from under his Stetson hat was spiky and weathered. (1.)

d. Billy stuck the brush and currycomb together and laid them on the rail, and went up to breakfast.

e. When he had seen to the weather, Billy cleared each nostril by holding its mate closed with his forefinger and blowing fiercely. Then he walked down to the barn, rubbing his hands together.

f. His action had been so deliberate and yet so wasteless of time that he came to the house while Mrs. Tiflin was still ringing the triangle. --John Steinbeck

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As indicated, the first set of sentences should be (c). The sentences describe Billy Buck coming out on the porch at daybreak, and give the reader a sense of what he looks like.

There is one other set of sentences that continues the description of Billy Buck's appearance, and that set is (a), which would follow next.

In examining the remaining sentence sets, there is only one which continues telling about what Billy does while still on the porch, and that is set (e). This set ends with Billy moving from his original position on the steps and going down to the barn.

Set (b) tells what Billy did down at the barn - currying the horses - and ends with the sound of the bell summoning him to breakfast. Hearing that sound, it would follow that Billy would put his equipment away and hurry to answer the bell by going to breakfast, as described in the set of sentences marked (d).

Finally, the set of sentences marked (f) takes Billy from the barn to the house, where his breakfast is waiting.

The correct sequence of sentences thus would be (c,a,e,b,d,f).