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Sentence Combining Skills

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Elizabeth Monaco

on 5 February 2016

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Transcript of Sentence Combining Skills

Finally
Please complete your exercises: I would like to see you use all of these techniques at least 2-3 times. I will also expect you to explain your emphatic or stylistic decisions.
The Comma-Plus-Conjunction
Sentence Coordination
Conjunctions - but, for, and, nor, so, or
Semi-Colon
The main thing to remember about a semi-colon is that it must be between two (2) independent clauses.
Semi-colon plus Conjunctive Adverb
This is when you use a conjunctive adverb to connect the two sentences with a semi-colon
Semi-Colon plus Conjunction
This is simply when you use a semi-colon but add in a conjunction to emphasize the connection between the two ideas or to prioritize the second idea over the first.
Colon
No! Not that one!
Example:
I love all forms of chocolate, but Godiva is the absolute best.
Watch out for Comma Splices
I love my dog, he is the best.
But, what is an independent clause?
Family Guy is a popular satire in America; but I think that The Colbert Report is better.
An Independent Clause is a sentence that can stand alone correctly: i.e. it has a subject and a verb.
1.
Skipping over the water; the rock was a thing of beauty.
2.
The rock skipped over the water; it was a thing of beauty.
Alright, you bloody show-off, what's a conjunctive adverb?

accordingly
additionally
again
almost
anyway
as a result
besides
certainly
consequently
comparatively
contrarily
conversely
elsewhere
equally
finally
further
furthermore

next
nonetheless
notably
now
otherwise
rather
similarly
still
subsequently
that is
then
thereafter
therefore
thus
undoubtedly
uniquely
hence
henceforth
however
in addition
in comparison
in contrast
in fact
incidentally
indeed
instead
just as
likewise
meanwhile
moreover
namely
nevertheless
They matter because they show: cause and effect, sequence, contrast, comparison
Writing may be very hard; however, it pays off in the end.
Colons indicate emphasis and lists
This one!
:
This power point is immature: very immature.
-All dogs must get: food, water, and healthcare. (incorrect)
-There are things that every dog needs: food, water, and healthcare. (correct)
Dependent Clause- A word group containing a subject and a predicate, but unable to stand alone as a sentence.
Note: Dependent Clauses
usually begins with a
subordinating conjunction
(because/although) or a relative
pronoun (that, which) It can function as
an adjective, an adverb or a noun.

Please note that each clause should have a subject and verb if you are going to use the comma plus conjunction
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