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Editing Comparison-Contrast Essays

After revising your essay, you need to edit it to correct any remaining errors. You'll look closely at sentences, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and spelling. The following activities will help you edit your comparison-contrast essay.

Editing Compound Sentences

Simple sentences have just one complete thought.

Dolphins are playful. They often perform tricks.

Whales can live in cold water. Dolphins prefer warm water.

What if you combined them? A compound sentence joins simple sentences using a comma and and, or, but, for, nor, or so.

Dolphins are playful, and they often perform tricks.

Whales live in warm and cold water, but dolphins prefer warm water.

Combine to create compound sentences.

Combine the pairs of sentences using a comma and the word given in parentheses. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. I like helping my mom cook. It's fun to taste our creations. (and)
  2. I like helping my mom cook, and it's fun to taste our creations.

  3. We were going to go sledding. There was not enough snow. (but)
  4. We were going to go sledding, but there was not enough snow.

  5. Special Challenge: Find two simple sentences from your essay. Add a comma and the word and, but, or or to combine the two sentences.
  6. (Answers will vary.) We could go to the park, or we could play football in my backyard.

Insert commas where needed.

For each sentence, insert the missing comma before the connecting word to create a compound sentence. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

This lesson is a part of the Writing Comparison-Contrast Essays unit.

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