Sept, G9
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Auguste Rodin's
The Thinker
(1880-1882)
The Punctuation of Compounded Main Clauses
Exercise # 1
Directions
1. Place parentheses ( ) around each prepositional phrase in the following sentences. 
2. Underline every finite verb twice, its subject once, and label any complements (PA, PN, IO, DO). 
3. Place brackets [ ] around each subordinate clause. Indicate the function of the clause by drawing an arrow from the opening bracket of adjectival and adverbial clauses to the word that each modifies. Label the function of noun clauses (DO, OP, etc.) above the opening bracket. 
4. Put a vertical line after each main clause. 
5. Combine the sentences in each set using a colon, a semicolon, or a dash. (Simply make the changes on this sheet.) After each, indicate whether your change reflects contrast or amplification. If it is amplification, indicate whether your punctuation mark reflects "formal" or "informal" style. 

1. Some fans go to a Major League game for a family day out or fun and enjoyment 

while on vacation. Others fall under the drunkiní, the hardcore, or the concentration 

fans. 

Reason:__________________________________________________ 

2. More and more people are choosing to continue their education at colleges and 

universities around the world. Some of them choose to stay on campus, or close by. 

Others decide to travel larger distances daily to get to their destination. [Combine the last two.] 

Reason:__________________________________________________ 

3. We, who have owned dogs, probably remember them as pups. We took these cute and

harmless animals into our homes. Many of us hunted with them. [Combine the last two.] 

Reason:__________________________________________________ 

4. What is the difference between an amateur and a professional? The answer to that

is easy. A professional gets paid to make mistakes. 

Reason:__________________________________________________ 

5. The dog becomes much more than a friend to some. They affect the quality of life

for many of the disabled. 

Reason:__________________________________________________