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Compound Sentences and FANBOYS!

A compound sentence is made up of two independent clauses joined together with a coordinating conjunction. There are seven coordination conjunctions, and an easy way to remember them is the acronym FANBOYS. Let’s break this down a little further and talk about commas, fanboys, and indie clauses and how they all work together to help you influence your readers. An independent clause is a sentence that can stand on its own. At the very least, it has a subject and a verb. Jack was a great kisser. Steve really knew how to dance. Let’s combine those to make a few compound sentences. Jack was a great kisser, but Steve really knew how…

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Serial Comma Logic

I ran across this video today and felt it would be a good thing to share with you. When preparing your manuscript for an editor, the serial comma is one of those things you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. Why? It’s an easy fix, first of all. Secondly, if your editor isn’t having to stop every few sentences to deal with commacide, they’re going to have more time to focus on the meat and heartbeat of your story. This is your mission if you choose to accept it.

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