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Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 7: Comma Splice

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Here’s an example of how to use your solid understanding of compound and complex sentence structures to fix another problematic sentence, the comma splice:

Eroica and I read the sex scenes to each other for hours, the teasing was excruciating. Continue reading

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Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 6: Run-on Sentences

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Run-on sentences have too many elements stuck together in one sentence.

Eroica smiled without judgment and read me another passage this time she placed one hand on my crotch while she read and I could not hide my excitement. Continue reading

Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 5: Sentences With Complex Predicates

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Don’t confuse compound sentences, in which both independent clauses have their own subject, with sentences that have complex predicates, in which the second verb phrase shares the main subject of the sentence with the first and no comma is needed.

I cleared my throat and parted my lips. Continue reading

Comma Sense: Complex Is Sexy

Sentences with complex predicates: When both parts of a predicate modify the same subject, there’s no need to separate them with a comma.

He lowered himself to her vulva but did not get a warm welcome.

Now mark the unnecessary commas:

To render him impotent and weak, Delilah waited for him to fall asleep, and cut off all his hair.
Our bed was round, red, and velvet-covered, and vibrated when we put quarters into the machine.