English Skill Building – 22 (Breaking down sentences)

Breaking sentences exercise (with answers)

Break the following long sentences to short and simple sentences … (Sentences taken from NYT article)

1. The team’s ability to clinch a record fifth under-19 title despite a Covid outbreak underscored the vast pool of talent in India as it consolidates its place as a powerhouse in the sport.

2. India’s youth team defeated England to win the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Saturday, overcoming a Covid outbreak that briefly depleted its ranks and holding its nerves in a tightly fought final contest.

3. Increasingly in recent years, players from such youth tournaments have risen to become stars of India’s national team and find lucrative contracts in the Indian Premier League, fast growing into one of the richest sports leagues in the world.

4. The 2022 version of the Under-19 World Cup, contested among 16 teams, was played across several Caribbean islands, home to some of the most iconic players who dominated the game in the 1970s and 1980s.

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ANSWERS…

1. The team’s ability to clinch a record fifth under-19 title despite a Covid outbreak underscored the vast pool of talent in India as it consolidates its place as a powerhouse in the sport.
Answer .. a. The team was able to clinch a record fifth under-19 title.
b. The win came despite the Covid-19 outbreak.
c. The winning of the title underscored the vast pool of talent in India.
d. Through this victory, India consolidated its place as a powerhouse in the sport.

2. India’s youth team defeated England to win the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Saturday, overcoming a Covid outbreak that briefly depleted its ranks and holding its nerves in a tightly fought final contest.
Answer .. a. India’s youth team defeated England to win the Men’s Under-19 Cricket World Cup on Saturday.
b. The Covid outbreak led to a depletion of its ranks for a brief period.
c. The Indian team held its nerves in the tightly-fought final contest.

3. Increasingly in recent years, players from such youth tournaments have risen to become stars of India’s national team and find lucrative contracts in the Indian Premier League, fast growing into one of the richest sports leagues in the world.
Answer ..
a. Players from such youth tournaments have risen to become stars of India’s national team.
b. This has been happening increasingly in recent years.
c. These players find lucrative contracts in the Indian Premier League.
d. The Indian Premier League is fast growing into one of the richest sports leagues in the world.

4. The 2022 version of the Under-19 World Cup, contested among 16 teams, was played across several Caribbean islands, home to some of the most iconic players who dominated the game in the 1970s and 1980s.
Answer ..
a. The 2022 version of the Under-19 World Cup was contested among 16 teams.
b. It was played across several Caribbean islands.
c. The Caribean Islands are home to some of the most iconic players.
d. These players dominated the game in the 1970s and 1980s.

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