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The Tinker
1874
by
Alphonse Legros
(1837-1911)
French
Writing Compound Sentences 
with a Dash, Colon, or Semicolon

A.    Directions: Write two compound sentences in which the second main clause gives more information (detail) on the idea in the first main clause. Make the style informal by separating the two main clauses with a dash.

Example: My sister likes sports -- she plays baseball, basketball, and soccer.

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B.    Directions: Write two different compound sentences in which the second main clause gives more information (detail) on the idea in the first main clause. Make the style formal by separating the two main clauses with a colon.

Example: Sam got into trouble: he was late for class and forgot his books.

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C.     Directions: Write two compound sentences in which the second main clause contrasts with the idea in the first main clause. Use a semicolon to join the two main clauses in one sentence.

Example: My mother likes to go to restaurants; my father prefers home cooking.

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