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Creating Compound Sentences
Compound SentencesRemember, compound sentences always have TWO or more independent clauses combined with appropriate punctuation.Independent Clause + punctuation + Independent ClauseThere are FIVE different ways to do this:1.Ind Clause + comma + coordinating conjunction + Ind Clause2.Ind Clause + semi-colon+ Ind Clause3.Ind Clause + dashes+ Ind Clause4.Ind Clause + colon+ Ind Clause5.Ind Clause + semi-colon+ conjunctive adverb+ comma +Ind Clause
Ind Clause + comma + coordinating conjunction + Ind ClauseCoordinating Conjunctions = FANBOYSFor And Nor But Or Yet SOTim wrote his paper on time, so he received full credit.Ind Clause + comma + coordinating conjunction + Ind Clause
Ind Clause + semi-colon+ Ind ClauseCombine two or more ideas that are closely related:Franklin Stubbs was a Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers.Stubbs never turned into an All-Star.combineFranklin Stubbs was a Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers; he never turned into the All-Star that many had hoped.
Ind Clause + dashes+ Ind Clause•Combine two or more ideas that are closely related, but now you want to emphasize the importance of the second clause.I began exercising to get into shape—next thing you know, I injure my back and am unable to move for a week!
Ind Clause + colon+ Ind ClauseConnect two ideas that are really connected—and this time, the second clause answers something in the first.L. Frank Baum wrote The Wizard of Oz for his daughter: the book was much more than a child's story.
Adios Strunk and WhiteTelescoping Techniques
Zooming•The comma replacing the period, and it works like a telephoto, lens, signaling an upcoming zoom, a new clause generated by the material in the initial sentence. •In this example, “Billy Faulkner chewed a red apple,” the comma allows the writer to zoom up closer on any of the items mentioned, and provide more details about, “Billy,” or about “chewed,” or about “apple.” •Billy Faulkner chewed a red apple, the apple’s skin marked with dark imperfections.