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Compound Main Clauses (Ex # 8): from
Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children,
by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall

A Study in Bending and Breaking the Rules

     In analyzing real texts, you will find that sometimes writers join main clauses with a coordinating conjunction ("and," "or," "but") without a preceding comma, or they join them with a comma without a conjunction.

1. Put parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline subjects once, finite verbs twice, and label complements (PN, PA, IO, DO).
3. Put a vertical line at the end of every main clause.

1. Then every one sat down and dinner began.

2. They live wicked lives, therefore they ought to be punished.

3. They became very, very great friends and Little John was next to

Robin in command of the men.

4. This isn't money I have in my bags, it is only pebble stones.

5. She loved me too and we were very happy.

6. These fifty years have I come and gone to Nottingham market, 

and I have never seen the like of it never. He is ruining the trade, 

that's what he is doing.

7. I love the sound of the harp and you can play some sweet music 

to us.