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.
- I like helping my mom cook. It's fun to taste our creations. (and)
- We were going to go sledding. There was not enough snow. (but)
- Special Challenge: Find two simple sentences from your essay. Add a comma and the word and, but, or or to combine the two sentences.
I like helping my mom cook, and it's fun to taste our creations.
We were going to go sledding, but there was not enough snow.
(Answers will vary.) We could go to the park, or we could play football in my backyard.