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A Short Lesson in Sentence Combining

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Alexia Brooks

on 5 March 2014

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A Short Lesson in Sentence Combining
What is Sentence Combining?

Sentence combining is a technique used to combine short sentences together and create richer, more complex sentences.

How do we combine sentences?
The most common method is the use of conjunctions: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so (FANBOYS).

Example: Gatsby clung to the idea of Daisy, for the real Daisy was far beyond his grasp.

Now it's your turn.
Using a FANBOYS, combine the sentence below:

This place has the worst food I've ever tasted. I will not eat here again.
Short sentences are not necessarily incorrect. Short sentences can make a person's writing weaker. Sentences that are short communicate less information.

(this sentence is in serious need of combining!)
But wait, there's more...
You can also combine sentences using a subordinate clause: because, although, when, since, if etc.).

Example: Writing is a necessary skill to acquire
it is used in a person's everyday life.
Once more with feeling!
Combine these sentences, first using FANBOYS, then using an subordinate clause (because, although, when, since, if etc.)

Facebook was created in 2004. Facebook has continued to grow in popularity worldwide.
Sentence combining: it gives your writing wings.
Short sentences are not necessarily incorrect, but they can make a person's writing weaker because they communicate less information.
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