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Contemporary's GED Language Arts, Writing
Ellen Carley Frechette
Tim Collins

Combining Sentences

Chapter Overview

Adding variety to the length and structure of your sentences is a good way to add interest. In this chapter you will learn two main ways to combine sentences:

  • Combine two short sentences into one compound sentence (two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction like and or but).
  • Combine two short sentences into one complex sentence (a dependent clause connected to an independent clause with a subordinating conjunction like after or because).

You will also learn to write clear and correct sentences by analyzing the following sentence errors:

  • passive verbs versus active verbs
  • run-on sentences, comma splices, and fragments

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