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Manage phrases and clauses in a sentence

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SKILL 1: Recognize appropriate relationships between clauses in compound sentences and use connectives correctly

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    Recognize appropriate relationships between clauses in compound sentences and use connectives correctly

    Example

    The following sentence tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.

    In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence-clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.

    The game of chess is merely a form of entertainment for most people, it is for some an obsession.

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Skills needed to score in the next band

In your reading, choose a paragraph and examine how writers use subordination and coordination to construct complete sentences that clearly express the relationships among the ideas within a sentence. In your own writing, use sentence variety, employing both subordination and coordination to construct sentences.

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