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Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015     Views: 1

A: There are many ways to better a paper's flow, but one way is to make use of coordinating and subordinating conjunctions. A coordinating conjunction can combine two independent clauses, while a subordinating conjunction introduces a dependent (or subordinate) clause. Look for places where two (or more sentences) could be connected through conjunctions.
EXAMPLES:
o With use of coordinating conjunctions:
Before: The man went to the bank. It took him a long time.
o After: The man went to the bank, but it took him a long time.
o Before: The cake wasn't ready. They didn't sing 'happy birthday' until later.
o After: The cake wasn't ready, so they didn't sing 'happy birthday' until later.
o With use of subordinating conjunctions:
o Before: Jim was tall. Bob was short.
o After: Jim was tall, while Bob was short.
o Before: We will go to the mall. If the roads are too snowy, we won't.
o After: We will go to the mall, unless the roads are too snowy.

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