Looking for ESL work?: Try our EFL / TOEFL / ESL Jobs Section!
Sometimes when you combine sentences, you can show time relationships.
Connecting words such as : after, before, since, until, when, and while can help you.
When the connecting word begins the sentence, you must put a comma at the end of the clause.
The children played tag in the backyard. Their mother brought them Kool Aid.
The children's mother brought them Kool Aid after they played tag in the backyard.
(Notice how I combined the sentences. I did not change what happened. I combined the two subjects and simply gave the sentence some time order.)
The students studied for the test. They took the test in English.
Before the students took the test in English, they studied.
(Again, I did not change what happened in the two sentences. I combined the information and gave it a time order word to make the sequence clear.) Notice that I put a comma after the beginning clause on this sentence.
The children's mother brought them Kool Aid after they had played tag in the backyard.
examples: first - second - next - then - last - after that - later - later on - in a while - during - as soon as - soon - meanwhile - after - before - finally