Sentence Combining. Exercises. Joining sentences with coordinators. F or effect/cause A nd addition N or addition of negatives B ut contrast O r alternative Y et contrast S o cause/effect. Remember FANBOYS:. Punctuating coordinators. sentence + comma + coordinator + sentence.
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sentence + comma + coordinator + sentence
Mary enjoys math, for it is challenging.
Judy doesn’t work, nor does she want a job.
James needs a vacation, or he’ll go crazy.
Coordinators and but, yet
Coordinators give equal emphasis to the ideas they join.
Subordinators de-emphasize the ideas they are attached to. They are sometimes called concession words.
Because transition words do not join two sentences, we have to be aware of the correct ways to use them.
Coordinators can join sentences and begin sentences. When they join sentences, place a comma before the coordinator.
After he finishes his college education, Robert hopes to become an art appraiser. Therefore, he’s majoring in art history and minoring in business.After he finishes his college education, Robert hopes to become an art appraiser. He’s majoring in art history and minoring in business.
Sentences can be effectively combined by using adjectives or prepositional phrases to eliminate repetitive elements.
Younger people can protect their health by eating more lean beef, skinless chicken, broiled or baked fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk.
A group of outdoorsmen persuaded my cousin Brian from New York to join them on a camping trip to Yosemite National Park.