Welcome back. This is day 10 of our series on using punctuation and capitalization. I hope you are ready to learn because we are going to learn about some other ways we can use commas. Let’s get started!
Day 10, Lesson 10
What is a main (independent) clause?
It is a group of related words that can stand alone.
It is a complete thought or sentence.
What is a compound sentence?
Two or more independent clauses.
They are usually joined by a coordinating conjunction.
(Examples of the wrong and right way to use these between main clauses.)
Wrong way…James scored the goal and Scott blocked the shot.
Right way…James scored the goal, and Scott blocked the shot.
Wrong way…The singers, prepared for the concert but sickness stopped it.
Right way…The singers prepared for the concert, but sickness stopped it.
Wrong way…We got up early for we had a long journey.
Right way…We got up early, for we had a long journey.
Wrong way…Help me with my homework or I won’t finish, on time.
Right way… Help me with my homework, or I won’t finish on time.
Wrong way…Marsha went to high school, and got a diploma, yet she cannot read.
Right way…Marsha went to high school and got a diploma, yet she cannot read.
Important note: We use a semicolon between clauses in some cases. We will learn this later on in our series.
Thank you for taking the time to learn with me on this very exciting subject that benefits us all. I hope you will come learn with me tomorrow as we will be learning about comas.
This is a series you won’t want to miss. Daily (except weekends and holidays) I will review aspects of punctuation and then capitalization. We will learn when and where to use them properly. So if you are a teacher,student or just want a review, check with me daily to collect the entire series.
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