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Benchmark: Combining Independent Clauses
ame: ______________________________

Date: __________Period: _________

FANBOYS & Semicolons: Combining Independent clauses

 Benchmark: I can combine independent clauses using a comma and a conjunction or semi-colon in order to create compound sentences.

Part I Review: Independent or Dependent?

Directions: Underline the independent clauses and circle the dependent clauses.

1. Even though it rained constantly in Victoria.

2. However, we still had time to visit Butchart Gardens.

3. Because we knew how to handle the boat in rough weather.

4. Furthermore, the weather improved along with our disposition.

5. Since our friends had not yet arrived.

6. While Wendy was at her doctor’s appointment.

7. Exercising first thing in the morning both invigorates my body and refreshes my mind.

8. While Wallace loves mountain biking, it is a difficult activity to engage in during the winter months.

Part II: Introduction to Combining independent clauses with Fanboys

, FANBOYS

Using

A compound sentence is two or more independent clauses joined by one of the coordinating conjunctions below.

Use a comma before the conjunction to separate two independent clauses in a compound sentence.

 CONNECTOR CLAUSE 1 CLAUSE 2 COMPOUND SENTENCE FOR reason He couldn’t go home. He had no place to go. He couldn’t go home, for he had no place to go. AND addition I took a taxi. She drove home. I took a taxi, and she drove home. NOR and not He didn’t want help. He didn’t ask for it. He didn’t want help, nor did he ask for it. BUT contrast I wanted to go late. She wanted to go on time. I wanted to go late, but she wanted to go on time. OR option She cooked dinner. He took her out to a restaurant. She cooked dinner, or he took her out to a restaurant. YET outcome She owned a car. She didn’t know how to drive it. She owned a car, yet she didn’t know how to drive it. SO result She had to go. She called a friend to drive her. She had to go, so she called a friend to drive her.

Part III: Combining independent clauses with Fanboys

Directions: First, fill in the seven FANBOYS coordinating conjunctions. Then fill in the blanks with coordinating conjunctions that logically complete the sentences.
F_____/ A_____/ N____/ B_____/ O____/ Y_____/S_____

1. The black dog has won many prizes, _______ he doesn’t know many tricks.

2. She saw a cat run in front of her, _______ she fell down while roller-skating.
3. There was a meteor shower in space, _______ the crew did not know how to avoid the meteors.
4. I wanted to buy a baby Chihuahua, _______ I started to save my money.

5. Gillian did not like to read, _______ she was not very good at it.

Part IV: More Combining independent clauses with Fanboys

Directions: Using four different FANBOY conjunctions, create compound sentences below.

1. Randy was always the last to arrive at school. He had a high number of tardies.

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1. We knew that January had arrived. The ice and snow were with us constantly.

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1. The ground was covered with snowdrifts. Little spring flowers rested underneath.

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1. I can take the make-up test today. I can come in early to take it tomorrow.

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1. My sister’s name is Miranda. My brother’s name is Austin.

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1. I am very good in Spanish. I’m good in French.

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1. Kate slept late. Meg got up early.

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1. My dad knows nothing about space. My mom took astronomy in college.

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1. Mercury is my favorite planet. I wrote a play about Mercury.

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Benchmark: Combining Independent Clauses
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Date: __________Period: _________

Part I: FANBOYS

Directions: Underline the coordinating conjunctions (FANBOYS) in the following sentences.

1. Sadly, Mr. Fritz cannot move objects with his mind; nor can Ms. Arch.

2. We can take the train downtown or try to catch the next bus.

3. I’ve heard there is a dangerous monster in these woods, so make sure you’re very quiet and careful while we walk!

4. Walter is excited to take a trip on an airplane, for he has never been on one before.

5. I always try to catch birds eating at my bird feeder, yet I am never successful.

6. Karl and Maria are fantastic at card games but terrible at Monopoly.

Part II: FANBOYS
Directions: Combine the following sentences using a FANBOYS. Don’t forget the comma!
1)  She went to work.  She did not want to go.

2)  The scientists trained him well.  They helped him find a job when his training was through.

3)  Polar bears are fierce, territorial animals.  Grizzly bears are the same.

4)  Mark told me not to come with him.  He looked longingly at me as I left.

5)  I will not give in to you.  I will not let you push me around.

6)  He loves to drive during the day.  They will let him drive before 9pm.

7)  My cat was hungry.  It had not eaten since breakfast.

8)  They couldn’t think of anything better to do.  They decided to baby-sit for the family.

9)  A book can be a lot of fun to read.  A book can be boring.

10)  That movie looks great!  I would love to come see it with you.

Part III: FANBOYS Practice

Directions: Fill in the blanks with the correct FANBOYS conjunctions.

Word Bank: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so

1. I was rushing to my appointment, _________ I still didn’t make it on time.

2. I am going to pull my grades up in Math class, _________ next semester I will be on the honor roll.

1. I love going skiing, _________ I especially love skiing with my “boo.”

1. I could eat the pizza right now, _________ I could save it for later.

1. Samantha doesn’t like Marcus, _________ does she like Tyler.

1. I am hoping that Kyle will call me back, _________ I don’t know if I am ready for a relationship.

1. I never drive to school, _________ I sometimes drive my mom to work.

1. Tianna did not want to go to prom alone, _________ did she want to go with Donald.

1. Damien got his picture taken with his girlfriend, _________ he didn’t smile.

1. I got an A on my history test, _________ I even aced my ROTC inspection!

1. I could spend the night at my best friend’s tonight, _________ I could go to the movies with my family.

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Benchmark: Combining Independent Clauses
ame: ______________________________

Date: __________Period: _________

Part I: More FANBOYS Practice.
Directions: Use the coordinating conjunctions below to combine the sentences.
F_____/ A_____/ N____/ B_____/ O____/ Y_____/S_____

1. I wanted to backpack through Europe last summer. My mom told me I couldn’t.

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1. Maria didn’t finish her essay. She did finish her math.

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1. Julie bought her mom a sweater. Her mother loved it.

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1. I am going to the beach. I worry about sunburn.

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1. Jill spent all her money at the Banana Republic sale. She went back the next day for more bargains.

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1. You can take a cruise to Greece. You can travel to Mexico.

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1. Ted didn’t have enough money to fly to Boston. He took the train.

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1. She could not go to the show. She did not have enough money.

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Part II: Even More FANBOYS Practice

Directions: Underline the FANBOYS in the sentence. If it is joining two sentences, insert a comma BEFORE the coordinating conjunction. If it is not joining two sentences, do not insert a comma.

Examples of Comma Rule:

Jordan broke his arm, so he had to go to the hospital.

My dog chased a rabbit around the yard, but he couldn’t catch it.

Amelia opened her locker and grabbed her books for class.
(These conjunctions do not combine sentences, so there should be no comma!)

1. Roberta likes going to school but she does not like math class.

2. Jed and Joey put hot fudge and whipped cream on their ice cream.

3. Betty likes to eat pizza but she likes spaghetti better.

4. Eli sat down to do his homework but his sister ate it.

5. Snoopy went to his dog house to eat and take a nap.

6. Linus lost his blanket and started to cry.

7. Charlie Brown wanted to ask Lucy a question but she was too busy to answer.

8. Students are eating spaghetti or deli subs today.

9. Sponge Bob took his notebook to class but he forgot his pencil.

10. Sally went fishing last Saturday but we didn't catch anything.

11. The play is tomorrow night so we are having a dress rehearsal tonight.

12. Digger dug a hole in the ground and buried his bone.

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Benchmark: Combining Independent Clauses
ame: ______________________________

Date: __________Period: _________

Part I: SEMICOLONS
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