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Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 10: Appositives

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Set off with commas any clause or word that’s in apposition to a noun if omitting the phrase would not change the meaning:

Eroica reminded me of my sister, Eliza. Continue reading

Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 9: Missing Antecedents

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Missing antecedents can create silly and mysterious sentences. For instance:

Eroica reached out to grab my hands but then placed them back in her lap.

Okay, exactly whose hands are now in Eroica’s lap? Continue reading

Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 8: Lists

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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

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

Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 4: Compound Sentences

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Once you’ve got a handle on how to recognize fragments and complete sentences, you can start playing with the infinite possibilities for organizing a complete sentence.

Using conjunctions and commas, you can combine elements of a sentence to create compound sentences.

I wanted to read something sexy back to her, so I took the dog-eared book from Eroica.

This is an excellent example of a compound sentence.  There are two complete, independent clauses here—sentences in their own right, with subjects and predicates of their own. Continue reading