Take Test: Grammar Quiz: Joining Clauses with Semicolons
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Review: Below, you should see a sentence fragment, or a dependent clause masquerading as a complete sentence. Correct the sentence fragment by eliminating the subordinating conjunction. Write the corrected sentence in the box provided.
Because the stock market crashed.
1. Review: This time, correct the sentence fragment by adding an independent clause. Write the ENTIRE sentence in the box provided.
After the stock market crashed, . . .
Review: Below, you should see two clauses. Combine them properly into a single sentence using SUBORDINATION. Remember to use a comma if necessary.
Bonnie and Clyde blasted their way out of the bank and through the police blockade.
They barrelled down the highway across the border.
Review: Below, you should see two more clauses. This time, join them using COORDINATION.
In Mexico, the lovers were safe.
They missed the excitement of their high-crime lifestyle.
Join the clauses using a semicolon.
The couple returned to the United States the following spring.
They were dead before the year was out.
This time, join the clauses with a conjunctive adverb along with a semicolon. You can put the conjunctive adverb wherever you like, but remember that where you put the conjunctive adverb determines the number of commas you need.
Today, Bonnie and Clyde are remembered as romantic figures, striving for love and freedom.
They are also remembered as America’s first homegrown terrorists, willing to kill for personal pleasure.
Write a sentence that combines two independent clauses using a semicolon and a conjunctive adverb. Remember to use commas appropriately, depending on where you place the conjunctive adverb.
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