Coordination and Subordination: What to Say When the Cops Come 141 Double Dare It's time to put up or shut up. Use subordinating conjunctions to link the ideas in each of the following sentence pairs. First decide which clause will be dependent and which one will be independent. Write your answers in the spaces provided. 1. You put a ton of Jell-O in the swimming pool. You still can't walk on water. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ The word trousers is an uncommon noun. It is singular at the top and plural at the bottom. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Milk stays fresh. Keep it in the cow. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ You have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies. You have \$1.19, the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Thomas Jefferson was broke when he died. He was one of America's most brilliant presidents. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ Answers 2. 3. 4. 5. Possible responses: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Even if you put a ton of Jell-O in the swimming pool, you still can't walk on water. The word trousers is an uncommon noun because it is singular at the top and plural at the bottom. So that milk will stay fresh, keep it in the cow. If you have 3 quarters, 4 dimes, and 4 pennies, you have \$1.19, the largest amount of money in coins without being able to make change for a dollar. Although Thomas Jefferson was broke when he died, he was one of America's most brilliant presidents. Duke It Out: Coordination Versus Subordination When to coordinate? When to subordinate? Most often, the logic of the ideas dictates the placement of those ideas in main clauses or dependent clauses. Here's the rule of thumb: · Coordinate when you want to link related independent clauses. · Subordinate when you want to put the most important idea in the main clause and give less importance to the idea in the dependent clause. Here are some examples that show each sentence strategy at work: Two clauses:The sky became a frightening gray. The mood was ominous. Coordinated:The sky became a frightening gray, and the mood was ominous. Subordinated:As the sky became a frightening gray, the mood was ominous. With this construction, the mood is the focus.