Monday, February 4, 2013

Phrases and Clauses

Phrases can't stand on their own at all.
They are missing either a subject or a verb, or both.

  • fluffy blankets
  • has been laughing
  • under the sink
  • rather quickly


Dependent clauses have a subject and a verb, but they cannot stand on their own.  In order to create a complete sentence or thought, they must be attached to an independent clause. 

  • when children laugh
  • after the dance was over 
  • as soon as we know who won
  • because there are vending machines in the halls


An Independent Clause can stand on its own, and can be used as a complete sentence. 

  • independent people support themselves
  • children usually are not independent
  • adults take care of children

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Types of Sentences (and Families)

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Wednesday/Thursday, February 13/14, 2013