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Topic: REDUCED ADVERB CLAUSES 1

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level: Intermediate/Advanced







Combine the two sentences into ONE sentence, choosing the correct reduced adverb clause.
Example: "I was playing tennis. Later, I called my mother. → After playing tennis, I called my mother."



1. They played basketball for two hours. Later, they went home.
________________ for two hours, they went home.
  After playing basketball
  While playing basketball
  Playing basketball

2. I was reading your essay. I noticed a lot of mistakes.
________________, I noticed a lot of mistakes.
  Not reading your essay
  Before reading your essay
  While reading your essay

3. I didn't want to miss my flight. I set my alarm clock for 6:00 AM.
________________, I set my alarm clock for 6:00 AM.
  Not wanting to miss my flight
  While not wanting to miss my flight
  Before not wanting to miss my flight

4. You came here. Before that, you were sad.
________________, you were sad.
  After coming here
  Before coming here
  While coming here

5. I was waiting for the bus. I saw a cat.
________________, I saw a cat.
  Waiting for the bus
  Before waiting for the bus
  Since waiting for the bus

6. She returned from work. She noticed that the front door was open.
________________, she noticed that the front door was open.
  Before returning from work
  Upon returning from work
  While returning from work

7. She was returning from work. She got stuck in traffic.
________________, she got stuck in traffic.
  While returning from work
  After returning from work
  Before returning from work

8. I moved here. I met many great people (after I moved here).
________________, I have met many great people.
  While moving here
  Since moving here
  Before moving here,

9. He is a perfectionist. He noticed all the flaws.
________________, he noticed all the flaws.
  While being a perfectionist
  Since being a perfectionist
  Being a perfectionist

10. He finished his homework. Then he started to play video games.
He started to play video games ________________.
  after finishing his homework
  while finishing his homework
  finishing his homework


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