Module 4 Topic 1.2

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Module 4 Topic 1.2

  1. 1. Module 4<br />Topic 1.2 – Sentence Structure Errors<br />
  2. 2. Possible Sentence Structure Errors<br />It is easy to make the following errors when attempting to write complex sentences.<br />fragments: incomplete sentence or dependent clause<br />Solution: Add an independent clause<br />Incorrect: Since I often work late. <br />Corrected: Since I often work late, my company pays for my dinner.<br />run-on sentences: two or more independent clauses joined with no punctuation<br />comma splices: two or more independent clauses connected with a comma<br />
  3. 3. Five Solutions for run-on sentences and comma splices<br />Incorrect: I often work late, my company pays for my dinner.<br />Solution #1: Make two separate sentences<br />Corrected: I often work late. My company pays for my dinner.<br />Solution #2: Add a coordinating conjunction<br />Corrected: I often work late, so my company pays for my dinner.<br />Solution #3: Add a subordinating conjunction<br />Corrected: Since I often work late, my company pays for my dinner.<br />Solution #4: Add a transition<br />Corrected: I often work late. As a result, my company pays for my dinner.<br />Corrected: I often work late; as a result, my company pays for my dinner.<br />
  4. 4. Solution #5: Make one independent clause into a prepositional phrase<br />Corrected: Due to my working late, my company pays for my dinner.<br />
  5. 5. Sentence Structure Activity<br />The practice activity for this section requires that you read through a paragraph and correct the comma splice errors using the five methods we just discussed. Do your best!<br />
  6. 6. Go to the practice activity….<br />

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