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Run-on Sentences and Coma Splices

Run-on Sentences and Comma Splices Two very common errors among writers are run-on sentences and comma splices. Amazingly, both of these errors are caused by not knowing what a sentence is. A sentence is a group of words containing a subject and verb (also known as a clause) that expresses a complete thought. A sentence can also be called an independent clause: clause because it contains a subject and a verb, and independent because it can stand alone. Let’s look at some examples of this type...

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Sentence and Michael

long to do? What did he plan to do to accomplish this? 3. How did Michael display ‘a cool head and iron nerves’? 4. Which sight filled Michael’s heart with delight and why? 5. Why did Michael not wait for rescue? 6. Use the word ‘face’(line 42) in a sentence of your own such that it has a different meaning from that it carries in the passage. (c) With close reference to the last five paragraphs of the extract and in not more than 60 words, trace Michael’s descent from the top of the ball to the foot...

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Fragments: Sentence Predicate

HOME  | PARTS OF SPEECH | SENTENCE STRUCTURE | PUNCTUATION | USAGE | EXERCISES | Elements of Sentence Construction Subjects and Predicates Parts of speech have specific tasks to perform when they are put together in a sentence. A noun or pronoun functions as the sentence subject when it is paired with a verb functioning as the sentence predicate. Every sentence has a subject and predicate. A subject can be a noun or pronoun that is partnered with an action verb.         Example:                    ...

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Grammer: Coordination in Compound Sentences

Coordination in the Compound Sentence • Coordination puts equal value or significance on two or more parts of a sentence Coordination can be used to join sentences, phrases words and even independent clauses. • When coordination is used to combine two sentences it creates a compound sentence. • Coordination conjunctions -And, but, or nor, for, so, yet • Correlative conjunctions -Not only, but also, either or, just as….so also • A semicolon can also be used to connect the sentences. • A semi colon...

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Thesis statements and topic sentences

Thesis statements and topic sentences help organize the ideas in an essay. Academic writers are expected to use thesis statements and topic sentences. Academic essays are often organized using the following pattern: Introduction—the first paragraph of the essay. The thesis statement is usually the last sentence of the introductory paragraph. Body paragraphs—the paragraphs. Each of these body paragraphs usually begins with a topic sentence. Last paragraph—Called the conclusion or concluding...

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Narrative: Time and Topic Sentence

in order to illustrate or demonstrate a point.  The topic sentence should establish a contention which the author will set out to prove in the paragraph. example: Kahild's family went on a fishing trip to Musandam. So what? What is the appeal? Fishing at Musandam proved to be an enjoyable outing For Khalid and his family. • This sentence sets out something to be proven in the paragraph and is more appealing...

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Mandatory Sentence In Prisons

The application of sanctions by the legal system has been at the forefront of society’s efforts to control criminal behaviour. The most recent trend, especially in the U.S., has been to use prison sentences, particularly what are known as mandatory sentences, to achieve this goal. Mandatory sentences are grid-like sentencing prescriptions that attempt to make the "punishment" fit the crime. Judicial discretion is severely limited as regards weighting of individual circumstances in sentencing. Almost...

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Sentence and Language Handbook

Menu Print NAME CLASS Language Handbook DATE 8 Sentence Structure WORKSHEET 1 Identifying Sentences and Sentence Fragments (Rule 8 a) Exercise A Decide whether each of the following word groups is a sentence or a sentence fragment. Remember: A sentence contains a subject and a verb and expresses a complete thought. If the word group is a sentence, write S on the line provided. If it is a sentence fragment, write F. F 1. Because canoeing can be dangerous. S ...

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Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure and Avoiding Run-on Sentences Sentence Structure Depending on the number and type of clauses they contain, sentences are classified as simple, compound, complex, compound-complex. 1. Simple Sentences A simple sentence contains only one independent clause. Without dancing, life would not be fun. A simple sentence can also contain compound elements (subject, verb, object). Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak. (compound verb) 2. Compound sentences ...

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Basic Sentence Pattern

Basic Sentence Patterns A sentence in English usually names the subject of the sentence (the person or thing doing the action) and then offers a comment or assertion about that subject. That comment is known grammatically as a predicate. Examples The sections of a sentence used as examples where there are more than one item are formated as noted, otherwise examples are italic. In the sentence "He left," He is the subject and left is the predicate. A subject can be a word, a phrase, a clause...

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