1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase.
2. Underline verbs twice, their subjects once, and label complements ("PA," "PN," "IO," or "DO").
3. Place a vertical line after each main clause.
Writers often use a semicolon to join contrasting
ideas, or a colon or a dash to join clauses in which one clause gives more
specific details about (amplifies) the other clause. [Another way of looking
at this is to say that one clause makes a general statement, and the other
clause states the same idea in more specific detail.] Colons suggest a
formal style, and dashes reflect a casual style.
1. An age builds up cities; an hour destroys them.
2. Never fear the want of business -- a man who qualifies himself well for his
calling never fails of employment.
- Thomas Jefferson______________________________________________________________
3. Be patient, my soul: Thou hast suffered worse than this.
4. You think me the child of my circumstances: I make my circumstance.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson______________________________________________________________
5. Things do not change; we change.
- Henry David Thoreau______________________________________________________________
6. You do not lead by hitting people over the head -- that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower______________________________________________________________