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Independent and Dependent Clauses
Independent clause: I went to the movie theater. [a complete sentence]
Dependent clause: When I went to the movie theater [not a complete sentence]
When I went to the movie theater, I ate popcorn.
I ate popcorn when I went to the movie theater.
I went to the movie theater, and I went to the pool to go swimming.
IC , and IC
Jack likes movies; Jill likes books.
Jack likes movies, Jill likes books.
COMMA SPLICE – using a comma to separate two independent clauses.
Frag. – sentence fragment
Comma Splice – comma splice
Keep verb tenses consistent
rep. – repetition
V = insert a comma
colloq. = colloquial, informal writing that should be made more formal
ex. I went like six miles on to find that person
Paragraph 1: The shoddy materials used to construct my grandmother’s house in Panama
Paragraph 2: The harvesting of wood from Russian forests as described in “The Stolen Forests”
The first sentence of paragraph 2 HAS to transition the reader from the topic of paragraph 1 into the topic of paragraph 2
Perhaps it should not be surprising that the materials used to construct my grandmother’s house were so poor; as Raffi Katchidourian shows in “The Stolen Forests,” the wood used in many types of construction is often harvested in problematic ways that compromise its quality.