ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
January 27, 2005
Coordination is what we call joining together
two independent clauses. A clause is a group of words that
contains a subject and a verb. To join these clauses we use
These are easily remembered in this way:
Or, you could say
Examples of Coordination Using Conjunctions
loves Dorothy, and she loves him. (Here “and” shows
proposed, so they got married. (Here “so” shows a result)
They lived in her hometown, yet they were not happy. (Here
“yet” shows a contrast)
They stayed there, for they didn’t have enough money to
move. (Here “for” shows reason)
Dorothy didn’t have a good job, nor did Jim. (Here “nor”
shows an alternative. Note how the question word order is used
Write a short paragraph
about two people who got married. This could be yourself and
your own husband or wife, or it could be about your friends or
your own parents. Use the five coordinating conjunctions from
today’s example in your paragraph.
Give more detail than
in our examples to make your paragraph more interesting.
For example, “John wasn’t sure he wanted to get married, yet he
did it happily once he got to know Mary’s nice family.”
Take your rough
draft home with you today.
Make at least five
corrections to the draft and recopy the paragraph.
Hand in your original
and your revised copy to class next
An Unusual Marriage
The way my wife
and I got married was unusual. I loved my girlfriend, yet
hadn’t married her, although we had lived together for five
years. To marry, we went to a marriage commissioner in
Vancouver, and two close friends came along as our
witnesses. The marriage lasted 20 minutes, for it was a
short, civil ceremony. Afterwards, we had lunch at the English
Bay Café. That night, we caught the Nanaimo ferry. It was
December 28, so it was cold. Something funny happened,
however. On the ferry, we heard the horn sound many times. I
didn’t look outside, nor did my wife. As we landed at
Nanaimo, we learned a blizzard had covered the road in ten
centimeters of snow! We spent the weekend at our little mountain
cabin and could barely stay warm. On Sunday, the snow was 35
centimeters deep, touching the bottom of the door of our big,
old Chevrolet. We made it home, fortunately. I will never forget
our marriage and especially interesting honeymoon.
(169 words; second draft in January 2005)
An Unusual Marriage
(first draft; 1999; 190
The way my wife and I got married was
unusual. I loved the woman who would be my wife, yet I
hadn’t married her, although we had already lived together for
five years. The time had come, however, and so we went
to the marriage commissioner in the West End of Vancouver,
along with two of our close friends who would be our
witnesses. The marriage itself took only about 20 minutes,
for we didn’t need much time for a short, civil ceremony.
From there, we went to have lunch with our friends at the
English Bay Café. Then, we caught an evening ferry to Nanaimo.
It was winter, the 28th of December, so the weather was
cold. Something funny happened, however. On the ferry, we
heard the horn sound many times. I didn’t look outside, nor
did my wife. Imagine our surprise when, as we landed at
Nanaimo, we found that a blizzard had begun with the road
covered in 7 or 8 centimeters of snow! We spent the weekend at
our little mountain cabin and could barely stay warm. On
Sunday, the snow had reached over 35 centimeters and had
reached to the bottom of the door of our big, old Chevrolet.
We made it home, fortunately. I will never forget our marriage
and especially interesting honeymoon.
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