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1 Creating complex sentences Wednesday 14 th Mar ch 2012

2 Lets play a game …….. In groups of three or four use the sentence maker game to create some interesting sentences. Now lets share some of those sentences.

3 Lets Put an end to splicing! Splicing is when you join two sentences together without using a conjunction, semi-colon or even a full stop and capital letter. HINT: Listen out for a pause when the sentence is read. e.g. David dragged his heels to the shop he was in a foul mood. (splice) David dragged his heels to the shop, he was in a foul mood. (comma splice) David dragged his heels to the shop because he was in a foul mood. (corrected with conjunction) David dragged his heels to the shop; he was in a foul mood. (corrected with semi-colon) David dragged his heels to the shop. He was in a foul mood. (corrected with new sentence)

4 Lets Put an end to splicing! Splicing is most commonly caused by using pronouns incorrectly. Common pronouns are: I, you, it, she, he, we, they… Common conjunctions are: and, but, although, even though, yet, because, until, whereas, despite, whilst, so, since, as, after, so that, before, once, which…

5 Lets Put an end to splicing! Now correct these sentences using a different technique or conjunction each time. 1) Ali stepped cautiously onto the pad he couldnt believe what he saw. 2) Its amazing! exclaimed Anna she was completely taken aback. 3) I think it would be better to go home now we need to go to bed. 4) Adam was extremely pleased with his work Beth was completely disgusted.

6 And complex sentences…remember them? What is a complex sentence? A complex sentence is a two or more sentences joined together. They usually start with a compound sentence (2 sentences joined), but with added detail, using extra punctuation. HINT: That last sentence was complex!

7 And complex sentences…remember them? We can add more detail to a sentence by adding a new phrase with commas, brackets or dashes. Have a look at the example below. Example: It was a beautiful summers day as Alan paced towards the pier. It was a beautiful summers day as Alan, with his prize held high, paced towards the pier. It was a beautiful summers day (probably the hottest that year) as Alan paced towards the pier. It was a beautiful summers day as Alan paced - with a bounce in his step - towards the pier.

8 Using embedded clauses We can add more information to a sentence by adding an embedded clause. For example… The girl chose a good book becomes The girl, who was sitting in the library, chose a good book. Have a go at completing some more of these.


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