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Grammar and Conventions
Grammar/Punctuation: Online sources
For extra practice, which is highly recommended, visit the following sites and notes:
Grammar Quiz for practice: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/quiz_list.htm#marks
(it has lots of interactive quizzes on punctuation, sentence structure, etc.); I’d recommend quiz numbers 72; 80-84; 86-89; 91; 111.
1. Avoiding run-on sentences/comma splices:
2. Commas with Complex Sentences
A complex sentence is made up of an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. An independent clause can stand alone as a complete sentence; a dependent clause cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.
Video Comma Usage: Commas and Complex Sentences
Dependent clauses--the ones that cannot stand alone as complete sentences--begin with words called "subordinating conjunctions." Below are some of the most common subordinating conjunctions:
Watch the "Writing Matters" video presentation on Comma Usage: Commas and Complex Sentences.