Lecture8-Grammar-Fragments - when two independent clauses...

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Grammatical Error 1: Sentence Fragment Sentence Fragment =df fails to be a sentence in the sense that it cannot stand by itself. It does not contain even one independent clause. 1. In Japan, during the last war and just before the armistice. (no subject) 2. Even though he had the better arguments and was by far the more powerful speaker. (has subject and verb but dependent clause only) Grammatical Error 2: Comma Splice A comma splice contains two main clauses illegally joined by a comma.: Independent Clause + ‘,’ + Independent Clause A fused sentence , on the other hand, contains two main clauses illegally run together with no punctuation whatsoever. Independent Clause + Independent Clause Proper grammar:
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Unformatted text preview: when two independent clauses are next to each other, you have only two choices: you can either join them, or you can separate them. (1) To join two independent clauses, you must use a conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, yet, and so.) (2) To separate two independent clauses, you must use some form of end-stop punctuation. the period [.], the exclamation point [!], the question mark [?], and the semicolon [;]. Some Acceptable Comma Splices If the independent clauses are very short, especially if the subject is the same for both clauses, then a comma splice is probably acceptable. Example: I came, I saw, I conquered. You saw that movie last night, didn't you?...
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