Monday, February 4, 2013

Types of Sentences (Compared with Families)

Independent Clause
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An independent clause is a part of a sentence that can stand alone and make sense by itself.
Every independent clause contains a subject and a verb. 

Dependent Clause
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A dependent clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone or make sense by itself.
A dependent clause needs to be attached to  an independent clause in order to make sense.
A phrase is a group of related words that lacks either a subject or a verb (predicate) or both.  

Labeling for Types of Sentences and Types of Clauses
Simple sentence
Compound sentence
Complex sentence
Compound-Complex sentence
Independent Clause
Dependent ClauSE

Comparing Types of Sentences to Types of Families 
Simple Sentence
Compound Sentence
Complex Sentence
Compound-Complex Sentence
1 IC

(can be a simple sentence)
2 IC

(can be a compound sentence)
1 IC and
 1 or more DC
(can be a complex sentence)
2 IC and
1 or more DC
The family is only a single  adult.


The family is a married couple.

The family is a single parent with one or more children.

The family is a married couple with one or more children.