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Writing: Subordination and coordination — Basic example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Instructor] Kangaroos can jump up to three times their height, and they can't walk backwards. Well the way that it's phrased right now feels a little bit like, well, a little bit weird. 'Cause it's saying kangaroos can jump up to three times their height, well, that's an impressive thing, and then they're saying and they can't walk backward, which is like, okay, let's say another thing, but this is more of a limitation. 'Cause you're like well, most animals know how to walk backward, very few can jump three times their height. But most can walk backward. So this actually kind of feels like it's listing something impressive but then they're saying but they can't do everything awesome. That they do have limitations. So I don't like the use of and here. And kind of puts them as comparable things and they're really not. One is something impressive and then I would expect something like a but they can't do something that everyone else can do. So I'm not liking no change. Let's see, this one is kangaroos can jump up to three times their height, meaning they can't walk backward. Well that doesn't make any sense at all. Because you jump three times your height doesn't mean you can't walk backwards. Kangaroos can jump up to three times their height, but they can't walk backward. Well that feels right, because you're listing something very impressive, but then you're saying but look, they can't do everything awesome. But they can't walk backward. They can't do what a lot of other animals can do. Let's look at this last one. Kangaroos can jump up to three times their height, since they can't walk backward. Well not being able to walk backwards doesn't allow you to jump up high, so this just doesn't make any sense either.