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Writing Correctly Connected Sentences

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Writing Correctly Connected Sentences

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  1. Writing Correctly Connected Sentences

  2. Correct sentences: • Simple sentences with one subject, one predicate pose no problems: • The girls wanted to eat lunch at Subway. • Compound sentences, two complete sentences joined with a conjunction, semicolon or colon, can be more challenging: • The girls wanted to lunch at Subway, but the boys preferred Taco Bell. • The girls wanted to lunch at Subway; the boys preferred Taco Bell. • The girls wanted to lunch at Subway; however, the boys preferred Taco Bell.

  3. Fragments • A fragment is a simple sentence missing a subject or predicate: • Going to Taco Bell. • The boys wearing Skyhawkhoodies • Compound sentences that keep the conjunction, but lop off one independent clause can be used for effect, but if overused, they become ineffective: • But I wanted a BLT.

  4. Run-on Sentence • These sentences combine two or more independent clauses (complete sentences), but leave out the conjunction or proper punctuation: • The girls wanted to eat at Subway but the boys were craving Chalupas, they just wanted Taco Bell then they split up and that was that. • I’ll drive you pay.

  5. To edit, break up the sentences, or add proper conjunctions and/or punctuation: • The girls wanted to eat at Subway, but the boys were craving Chalupas: they just wanted Taco Bell. Then they split up, and that was that. • I’ll drive; you pay.