Grammar for writing: using semicolons to link main clauses

In this lesson, we will revise the use of semicolons and explore how they can help to improve the clarity and cohesion of our writing.

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Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What should all sentences start with?

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Q2.What is the subject of a sentence?

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Q3.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "It is never too late to master your grammar."

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Q4.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Because it improves the clarity and quality of your writing, you should use a variety of sentence structures where you can."

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Q5.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Deliberate practice and recall of core knowledge will help you to write more accurately so you should make a start now!"

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Q6.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Your writing communicates your opinions and ideas; your thoughts matter."

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Q7.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contain more than one main clause and they are joined by a conjunction (or semicolon)"

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Q8.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contains one main clause"

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Q9.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contains at least one subordinate clause"

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Q10.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "doesn't contain a main clause and can't stand alone as a complete thought"

10/10

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Quiz:

Intro quiz - Recap from previous lesson

Before we start this lesson, let’s see what you can remember from this topic. Here’s a quick quiz!

Q1.What should all sentences start with?

1/10

Q2.What is the subject of a sentence?

2/10

Q3.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "It is never too late to master your grammar."

3/10

Q4.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Because it improves the clarity and quality of your writing, you should use a variety of sentence structures where you can."

4/10

Q5.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Deliberate practice and recall of core knowledge will help you to write more accurately so you should make a start now!"

5/10

Q6.Is this sentence compound, complex or simple? "Your writing communicates your opinions and ideas; your thoughts matter."

6/10

Q7.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contain more than one main clause and they are joined by a conjunction (or semicolon)"

7/10

Q8.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contains one main clause"

8/10

Q9.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "contains at least one subordinate clause"

9/10

Q10.Which key word(s) match the following definition: "doesn't contain a main clause and can't stand alone as a complete thought"

10/10

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Using semicolons to link main clauses: Quiz

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a main clause?

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Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

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Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

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Q4.Which statements are true?

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Q5.Which of these sentences use semicolons correctly?

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Using semicolons to link main clauses: Quiz

Complete the questions below to check your understanding.

Q1.What is a main clause?

1/5

Q2.What is a subordinate clause?

2/5

Q3.Which of the statements below is true?

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Q4.Which statements are true?

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Q5.Which of these sentences use semicolons correctly?

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Lesson summary: Grammar for writing: using semicolons to link main clauses

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