How can the following sets of sentences be combined into a cumlative sentence with only one independent clause? 1.Laura was sitting. She was on a park bench. She was alone. She was thinking about something. she had many problems. She looked at the children. The children were playing. They were in the leaves. She began to cry. She cried softly. 2. The government had ignored their rights. The government had abused its power. The protesters occupied the congress. They refused to leave. the blocked traffic on the main streets. The protesters were mostly students. They attended the local university. They were very idealistic.  3. The sun disappeared behind the mountain. The temperature began to drop. They boys realized something. They had to find their way out of the forest. They had to do it soon. They would be in trouble. Their trouble would be serious. 

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In composing one sentence from a number of simple sentences, the student will want to identify the most important idea and form an independent clause with this main idea. In the first group, for instance, the main idea is what goes through Laura's mind and how she feels. The independent clause, then, should be composed with Laura as the subject and her actions as the predicate. Subordinate clauses can be used to include the other ideas. Here are examples that do this. [The independent clauses are in bold print.]

1. Sitting alone on a park bench as she looked at her children playing in the leaves, Laura, who had many problems and was thinking about something, began to cry softly. 

2. The idealistic protesters, who were mostly students from the local university, occupied Congress,refusing to leave and blocking traffic because they felt the government had ignored their rights and abused its power.

3. After the sun disappeared behind the mountain and the temperature began to drop, the boys realized that they would be in serious trouble if they did not find their way out of the forest soon.

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