Grammar 10


Breaking the Rules (2)

Consider this sentence:

Is that sentence punctuated correctly? Absolutely not! By now you know that there are only two ways to join independent clauses:

Therefore, the correct way to punctuate that sentence would be:

Nonetheless, many professional writers would agree that in this particular case, it is "acceptable" to leave out the comma, because the clauses are fairly short and the author is trying to convey a sense of speed or urgency.

Here are some more examples:

In this lesson, you're going to write a sentence with two clauses. Join the clauses with "and", but leave out the comma that you would normally place before "and".

Attention! Give each clause a different subject. That is, do not write a sentence wherein one person does two things. Instead, write a sentence in which Person A does something, and then Person B does something else.

Note: Keep in mind that you are writing a sentence that is grammatically incorrect!

And you should probably never do it again—unless you become a professional writer. Only after you have mastered the rules of grammar are you allowed to break them!

Lesson Steps

  1. Open your writing portfolio.
    • Level 10
      • Breaking the Rules (2)
  2. Write a compound sentence with two short clauses. Join the clauses with "and" but leave out the comma. Each clause should have a different subject.

  3. When you are finished, return to this page and take the quiz.

Instructions for Quiz

Answer the questions.