Coordination And Subordination

Coordination
By coordinating short choppy sentences you can eliminate redundancy, unnecessary words, and tiresome prose. Coordination equates ideas, which means that the two ideas on either side of the conjunction are equally important. Ideas within sentences can be clearly related through the coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, yet, so. Remember not all ideas are equal; use coordination sparingly.
Notice the difference coordinating ideas in sentences can make.
a. The woman was exonerated on all charges. She was allowed to return to her own country.
b. The woman was exonerated on all charges and allowed to return to her own country.

Combine the following three sentences using the principals of coordination
1. One of the spectators was the daughter of former president Jimmy Carter.
2. Other spectators included a well-known TV actress, a state senator, and a famed chef.
3. The governor did not attend the event.

Subordination
By subordinating short choppy sentences you can eliminate redundancy, unnecessary words, and tiresome prose. You can also help your reader identify the most important ideas in your prose. Subordination minimizes one idea in a sentence while emphasizing another. In other words, the idea on one side of the subordinating conjunction is not given the same weight as the idea on the other side of the conjunction, making clear the relationship between the two ideas.
Notice the difference subordinating ideas in sentences can make.
a. The woman was exonerated of all charges. She was allowed to return to her own country.
b. After being exonerated on all charges, the woman was allowed to return to her own country.

Combine the following sets of sentences into one using the principals of subordination.
1. Lexington, Kentucky is usually a fairly sleepy town.
2. The town’s Fourth of July celebration is wild.

1. Many states are implementing seat belt laws.
2. These laws are proven to lower fatality rates.

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