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Question:

What is the best way to combine these two sentences?
"Leah easily won the writing contract. Her years of study and practice had finally paid off."

A Leah's years of study and practice finally paid off when she easily won the writing contract.
Explaination

This is the correct response because it combines the two independent clauses logically, without altering the meaning of either. The other responses change the meaning of the two clauses.