Exercise 13

Finding Main Clause Connections in Compound Sentences

Directions:

  1. In the following examples, locate subject and verb combinations for each main clause.

  2. Tabulate the number of clauses you find.

  3. And notice how they were joined.

  4. Type each main clause connection you find together with the word that precedes it.

  5. Be sure to check your answers when you have finished this exercise.

Hinamatsuri Girls' Day display

Example:

In Hawaii, a special celebration for little girls of Japanese and Okinawan descent breathes new life into an ancient tradition; it is called Hinamatsuri or Girls' Day.
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1. The actual festivities must begin and end on March 3rd, but preparation for Hinamatsuri often starts two weeks in advance.
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2. The focal point of this celebration involves a display of dolls. However, these dolls are not to be played with.
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3. They are set out on a tiered staircase covered with bright red cloth, and seated on the topmost level of this elaborate display are the two most important figures.
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4. They represent the emperor and empress from the time period of the Heian Court; members of the royal family wore lavish brocaded garments like theirs in that era from 794 to 1185 A.D.
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5. Seated on the step below the royal family are the ladies in waiting, and below them, there are steps reserved for court musicians, retainers, and guards.
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6. Gold colored screens are placed behind the emperor and the empress at the top of the staircase, and as part of this elaborate display, there will also be lanterns, trays with a special kind of rice cake, fruit bearing trees, and chests to hold clothing, and make-up stands.
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7. Putting together an exhibition of this kind requires a considerable amount of time. For doll collections, started at birth, must be unpacked and displayed with great care.
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8. Older sisters sometimes share their collections with younger ones, so dolls, handed down from one generation to the next, are tenderly given their annual place in the sun.
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9. The special kind of food served on this day is a diamond shaped rice cake; it looks just like the ones seen in the Girls' Day display.
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10. This rice cake, called hishi mochi, consists of three layers. Its shape is meant to represent a certain kind of medicinal leaf, for that particular leaf is believed to give long life to the person eating it.
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11. The white layer of the rice cake represents purity or the winter snow; the pink layer is symbolic of energy and springtime flowers, and the green layer stands for fertility or the freshness of summer.
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12. Only three seasons of the year are symbolically suggested by the hishi mochi rice cake, for autumn, or the season of decline, has no place in a young girl's life.
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13.On March 3rd, a young girl is given peach blossoms made out of paper; they represent a wish for the child to grow up to have a peaceful married life.
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14. The Girls' Day celebration is meant to instill patience, discipline, and a sense of responsibility in a young girl, for as an adult, she will be expected to be gentle and tranquil.
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15. A family dinner comes at the end of the day's festivities, and the doll display must be taken down on that same day to insure a future marriage for the young girl in the years to come.
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