The clause connection

The clause connection

  • Introduce independent/dependent clauses
  • Introduce simple, complex, compound, and compound-complex sentence types.
  • Explain how to join independent and dependent clauses by using a variety of subordinators (when, whether, etc.) to create complex sentences.
  • Explain how to join independent clauses by using a variety of conjunctive adverbs (however, therefore, etc.) to create compound sentences.
  • Explain how to join clauses together by using conjunctions to create complex, compound, and compound-complex sentences.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand how to vary sentence structure and who is confused about how to create complex sentences. It will explain how to connect clauses with a variety of techniques.

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Independent and dependent clauses

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Types of sentences

Simple, compound, compound-complex and complex sentences

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Forming complex sentences with independent and dependent clauses

Subordinate clauses are needed to make complex sentences.

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Compound sentences with conjunctive adverbs

Compound sentences can be written with conjunctive adverbs and a semicolon.

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Coordinating conjunctions in compound and compound-complex sentences

Conjunctions are used in compound and compound-complex sentences. Use the acronym FANBOYS to memorize the seven conjunctions.

Source: LaShanda Lawrence