A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinator. The coordinators are as follows: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. (Helpful hint: The first letter ofeach of the coordinators spells FANBOYS.) Except for very short sentences, coordinators are always preceded by a comma. In the following compound sentences, subjects are in yellow, verbs are ingreen, and the coordinators and the commas that precede them are in red.
A. I tried to speak Spanish, and my friend tried to speak English. |
B. Alejandro played football, so Maria went shopping. |
C. Alejandroplayed football, for Maria went shopping.|
The above three sentences are compound sentences. Each sentence contains two independent clauses, and they are joined by a coordinator with a comma precedingit. Note how the conscious use of coordinators can change the relationship between the clauses. Sentences B and C, for example, are identical except for the coordinators. In sentence B, whichaction occurred first? Obviously, "Alejandro played football" first, and as a consequence, "Maria went shopping. In sentence C, "Maria went shopping" first. In sentence C, "Alejandro played football"because, possibly, he didn't have anything else to do, for or because "Maria went shopping." How can the use of other coordinators change the relationship between the two clauses? What implications...
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