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Independent Clauses, Dependent Clauses, Semicolons and Commas!
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comma splice
Unless Sarah can remember her lines
Answers may very
use a period to seperate; semicolon to seperate; insert 'because'
NO!
a period
independent
treat a dependent clause or other incomplete thought as a complete sentence
If he can overcome his fear of heights
a run on sentence
NO!
Coordinating conjunction
short
commas
2: two independent clauses joined by a semi colon
ex/ ...,however,...
Contains a subject and a verb but does not express a complete though; it cannot stand alone in a sentence
after the introductory word; ex/ Yes, I do need that report.
contains a subject, a verb, and expresses a complete thought; can stand by itself as a sentence
'He was able,' she answered, 'to complete the assignment.'
though, while, since, because, if
Mrs. Smith warned Maria
for, and, but, so, yet, nor, or
ex/ March 25, 2012
I am an only child.
What is it called when you make the error of inserting a comma between two independent clauses?
Name the 7 coordinating conjunctions that are used with commas to seperate independent clauses.
When writing out dates in a sentence where do you put the commas?
What is a sentence fragment?
How many independent clauses can you identify in the following sentence? It is difficult to fall asleep during the daytime; the sun shines in through the spaces formed between the blinds.
Form a sentence using using an independent and dependent clause
Can you use semicolons to introduce a list?
Identify the dependent clause: Jeremy will ride the rollarcoaster if he can overcome his fear of heights.
What kind of clauses does a semicolon link?
Name five dependent marker words.
Identify the independent clause: Mrs. Smith warned Maria to sit up straight and take notes during the interview.
If the sentence has an introductory word where does the comma go?
What is an independent clause?
Name two ways to fix this sentence: I love the weather, it is so sunny outside.
Sentences must be (short/long) in order to use a semicolon to connect them.
Use the semicolon to seperate units of a series when one or more of the units contain _____.
Do clauses that begin with 'that' need commas?
What's another term for a fused sentence?
When using interrupters in a sentence such as 'however' and 'therefore' where does the comma go?
You use a semicolon in place of a ______ when the conjunction has been left out.
Identify the purpose of the word 'but' in this sentence: Mary swam in the pool, but she didn't stay in long because it was cold.
Identify the dependent clause: Unless Sarah can remember her lines, she will not be able to perform in the play.
Identify the independent clause: Although I come from a big family, I am an only child.
What is a dependent clause?
Find the error: 'He was able', she answered, 'to complete the assignment.'

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What is an independent clause?contains a subject, a verb, and expresses a complete thought; can stand by itself as a sentence
Identify the independent clause: Although I come from a big family, I am an only child.I am an only child.
How many independent clauses can you identify in the following sentence? It is difficult to fall asleep during the daytime; the sun shines in through the spaces formed between the blinds. 2: two independent clauses joined by a semi colon
Identify the independent clause: Mrs. Smith warned Maria to sit up straight and take notes during the interview.Mrs. Smith warned Maria
Identify the purpose of the word 'but' in this sentence: Mary swam in the pool, but she didn't stay in long because it was cold.Coordinating conjunction
What is a dependent clause?Contains a subject and a verb but does not express a complete though; it cannot stand alone in a sentence
Name five dependent marker words.though, while, since, because, if
Identify the dependent clause: Unless Sarah can remember her lines, she will not be able to perform in the play.Unless Sarah can remember her lines
Identify the dependent clause: Jeremy will ride the rollarcoaster if he can overcome his fear of heights.If he can overcome his fear of heights
Form a sentence using using an independent and dependent clauseAnswers may very
When writing out dates in a sentence where do you put the commas?ex/ March 25, 2012
Find the error: 'He was able', she answered, 'to complete the assignment.''He was able,' she answered, 'to complete the assignment.'
When using interrupters in a sentence such as 'however' and 'therefore' where does the comma go?ex/ ...,however,...
Do clauses that begin with 'that' need commas?NO!
Name the 7 coordinating conjunctions that are used with commas to seperate independent clauses.for, and, but, so, yet, nor, or
You use a semicolon in place of a ______ when the conjunction has been left out. a period
What kind of clauses does a semicolon link?independent
Sentences must be (short/long) in order to use a semicolon to connect them.short
Can you use semicolons to introduce a list?NO!
Use the semicolon to seperate units of a series when one or more of the units contain _____.commas
What is it called when you make the error of inserting a comma between two independent clauses?comma splice
What's another term for a fused sentence?a run on sentence
Name two ways to fix this sentence: I love the weather, it is so sunny outside.use a period to seperate; semicolon to seperate; insert 'because'
What is a sentence fragment?treat a dependent clause or other incomplete thought as a complete sentence
If the sentence has an introductory word where does the comma go?after the introductory word; ex/ Yes, I do need that report.