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.Type the corresponding letter of each group and separating the...

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.

Type 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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To complete sentence correlations, such as this, one needs to examine the clues given to alert the reader as to what the proper order of the sentences would be.

Given 1 has been labeled, the reader knows that Billy has just entered onto the porch. Next, one must examine if any of the other possibilities include information about a porch or leaving the porch.

"A" offers the next possible step. Billy is still on the porch. He has not left as of yet.

Next, a reader must look for any more information about the porch or leaving the porch. Only "E" offers this type of information. Billy is heading to the barn.

Billy's next action should include what he is going to do at the barn. Only "B" and "D" offer this type of information. To choose which comes next, one must examine the material presented in both "B" and "D". In "B", Bill's actions are presented in the past tense, we know that the action already happened, but the material offered in "D" states that he is leaving the barn to go to breakfast. The only possible solution to follow next would be "B".

"D" automatically follows given "F" is the close to the paragraph (denoted by the name of the author at the end).

Therefore, the proper set-up of the paragraph would be:


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