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Chapter 14. Coordination and Subordinati... > Coordination: All the Right Moves - Pg. 137

Coordination and Subordination: What to Say When the Cops Come 137 Strictly Speaking A coordinate sentence is also known as a compound sentence. You learned all about compound sentences in Chapter 13. Dancing Cheek-to-Cheek Follow these steps when you coordinate independent clauses: 1. 2. Decide which ideas can and should be combined. Select the method of coordination that shows the appropriate relationship between ideas. Each way to form compound sentences establishes a slightly different relationship between ideas. Often, there's no "right" answer when you're choosing which conjunctions and punctuation to use to coordinate ideas. With practice, you'll discover that some sentences sound smoother and more logical than others. Here are some examples to help you get your ear in tune: Uncoordinated:Years ago most baseball players were recruited right out of high school or from the minors. Today, most play college baseball and then move on to the major leagues. Coordinated:Years ago most baseball players were recruited right out of high school or from the minors , but today most play college baseball and then move on to the major leagues. Coordinated:Years ago most baseball players were recruited right out of high school or from the minors ; however, today most play college baseball and then move on to the major leagues. But and however are used to show contrast. Uncoordinated:Star Trek was very successful in syndication. It was not a big hit during its original run from 1966 to 1969. Danger, Will Robinson Be careful not to connect unrelated ideas, establish a vague connection among ideas, or connect too many ideas in one sentence. The first and second errors confuse your readers; the third causes "stringy sentences." Coordinated:Star Trek was very successful in syndication, yet it was not a big hit during its original run from 1966 to 1969. Coordinated:Star Trek was very successful in syndication; nevertheless, it was not a big hit during its original run from 1966 to 1969. Yet and nevertheless are used to show comparison. Don't String Me Along What happens if you go coordination crazy? You end up with a stringy sentence. A stringy sen- tence contains too many ideas connected by coordinating conjunctions or then. Repetitious and hard-to-follow, stringy sentences are as annoying as stringy celery or stringy cheese. Here's an example of a stringy sentence: · Mount Everest is in the Himalayas and it is the world's tallest mountain and so climbing it is very difficult so Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Horgay first climbed it in 1963 and everyone applauded their achievement.