Coordinate Clauses

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    Clauses are combined in two main ways. One way is coordination, which is used to form compound sentences.

    Coordinate Clauses

    One clause is combined with another clause of the same status, i.e., at the same level. This forms a compound sentence. The clauses are usually combined by using words including for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so, and sometimes with punctuation, such as ‘;’ and ‘:’, in writing.

    For example:

    • If a crash comes in Germany, we will have a financial situation something like that at the outbreak of war, and there will be a demand for a moratorium all round.
    • It was clear that the lines were drawn and that the two countries would have to compromise or they would need to find allies if the conference was not to degenerate into a complete fiasco.
    • The Chicago Civil Aviation Conference of 1944 is rarely discussed today, but it established the forms and organizations that have governed postwar civil aviation to this day.
    • For example, the law of supply and demand was not simply a matter of eternal logic, nor were such rights as that of private property self-evident truths.
    • Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. (Joseph Heller)
    • From 1860 on, however, a dramatic increase in the number of such works occurred; a veritable explosion of major publications took place which owed a great deal to the excitement aroused by The Origin of Species.
    • The central core of Formen is really an attempt to answer fundamental preliminary questions for Marx's theory of capital: what is property when it is not property as visualized in the particular formulation of capitalism?

    It is important that for coordinate clauses, the clauses must be syntactically alike (i.e., clauses with similar structure).



    Short Quiz

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    Which of the following is NOT a coordinate conjunction? 

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    How many coordinate clauses can be found in this sentence “I adore candy factories, and I want to own one someday, but I know it is a fancy goal to have, so I have given up my dream and worked hard every day.”? 

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