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Reasons to combine sentences:<br /><ul><li>So your writing doesn’t sound choppy.
To dazzle your friends with your extensive</li></ul>  knowledge of punctuation marks.<br /><ul><li>Because your English te...
The Comma<br />See how important commas are? Without the comma in this sentence, Grandpa would be a goner.<br />
When to use commas . . .<br />1. To join two complete sentences together when there is a conjunction*between them.<br />* ...
To separate items in a series.<br />Example:  Her cat is crazy.<br />                  He scratches everyone who walks by....
To set off a dependent clause<br />Example: My paycheck was huge last week.<br />                I told my boss that I nee...
Items in a series<br />Original Sentences:<br />    We woke up late.  We rushed around the house. We were late for practic...
THE SUPER SEMICOLON<br />Semicolons are commas on steroids. A semicolon can do the same thing that a comma + a conjunction...
Join 2 complete sentences without a period or a comma.<br />Original Sentences: <br />The girls went to the mall. They bou...
Combining sentences using a conjunctive adverb<br />Original sentences:<br />The band didn’t play my favorite song. It was...
Items in a series that already contain commas<br />Original Sentence:<br />     We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. Then we w...
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Combining sentences with semicolons and commas

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Combining sentences with semicolons and commas

  1. 1. Reasons to combine sentences:<br /><ul><li>So your writing doesn’t sound choppy.
  2. 2. To dazzle your friends with your extensive</li></ul> knowledge of punctuation marks.<br /><ul><li>Because your English teacher makes you.</li></li></ul><li>Important Punctuation Marks for combining sentences . . . <br />The comma<br />The semicolon<br />
  3. 3. The Comma<br />See how important commas are? Without the comma in this sentence, Grandpa would be a goner.<br />
  4. 4. When to use commas . . .<br />1. To join two complete sentences together when there is a conjunction*between them.<br />* (Conjunctions: and, but, or, for, so, nor, yet)<br /> Example: Christmas is tomorrow.<br /> I hope I get a new ipod.<br />Christmas is tomorrow, and I hope I get a new ipod.<br />
  5. 5. To separate items in a series.<br />Example: Her cat is crazy.<br /> He scratches everyone who walks by.<br /> He hisses at his food bowl.<br /> He eats his own hair balls.<br />Her crazy cat scratches everyone who walks by, hisses at his food bowl, and eats his own hair balls.<br />
  6. 6. To set off a dependent clause<br />Example: My paycheck was huge last week.<br /> I told my boss that I needed to work any<br /> extra hours I could get.<br />Since I told my boss that I needed to work any extra hours I could get, my paycheck was huge last week.<br />
  7. 7. Items in a series<br />Original Sentences:<br /> We woke up late. We rushed around the house. We were late for practice.<br />Combined sentence:<br />We woke up late,rushed around the house, andwere late for practice.<br />(Notice how we used commas to separate each thing we listed and used the conjunction “and” before the final thing we listed.)<br />
  8. 8. THE SUPER SEMICOLON<br />Semicolons are commas on steroids. A semicolon can do the same thing that a comma + a conjunction do.<br />Remember:<br />Semicolon = Comma + Conjunction<br />
  9. 9. Join 2 complete sentences without a period or a comma.<br />Original Sentences: <br />The girls went to the mall. They bought lots of clothes.<br />Combining sentences using a comma:<br />The girls went to the mall, and they bought lots of clothes.<br />Combining sentences using the SUPER SEMICOLON:<br />The girls went to the mall;they bought lots of clothes.<br />
  10. 10. Combining sentences using a conjunctive adverb<br />Original sentences:<br />The band didn’t play my favorite song. It was still a great concert.<br />Combining sentences using the SUPER SEMICOLON:<br />The band didn’t play my favorite song; however,it was still a great concert.<br /> (Words like however, furthermore, therefore, meanwhile, nonetheless are called conjunctive adverbs and need BOTH a semicolonand a comma to hold the sentence together.)<br />Notice how the semicolon goes BEFORE the conjunctive adverb “however” and the comma goes AFTER it. <br />
  11. 11. Items in a series that already contain commas<br />Original Sentence:<br /> We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia. Then we went to Charlotte, North Carolina. Finally, we went to Miami, Florida.<br />Combined sentence using the SUPER SEMICOLON:<br />We traveled to Atlanta, Georgia;Charlotte, North Carolina; and Miami, Florida.<br /> (We used semicolons to separate the list of cities and states since we already had commas between each city and state . . . Too many commas would have been a grammatical nightmare!)<br />

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