November 22, 2014

Clauses: Independent

The independent clause includes a subject and a verb. The independent clause is the main idea of the sentence. It is not dependent on another clause for meaning and context. Avoid using the description that the independent clause can "stand by … [Read more...]

Clauses: Dependent

The dependent clause includes a subject and a verb. The dependent clause is the subordinate idea of the sentence. It is dependent on another clause for meaning and context. Many dependent clauses, when removed from the context of the sentence, … [Read more...]

Appositives

A word, phrase or clause that means the same thing as (i.e., synonym) or further explains another noun (pronoun). Non-restrictive appositives are not essential to the meaning of the sentence. Restrictive appositives are essential to the meaning … [Read more...]

Phrase Practice Exercise

After completing the quiz, click on the "Are You Prepared?" button at the bottom of this page to see the answers. Instructions: Identify the underlined phrase or clause. 1. Steven's book, which made Oprah's Book Club this month, is not in any … [Read more...]

Clause Practice Exercise

Choose an answer for each question. After completing the entire exercise, click on the "Are You Prepared?" button at the bottom of this page to see the answers. Instructions: Identify the underlined phrase or clause. 1. Steven's book, which … [Read more...]

Phrase Practice Exercise Answers

1. Steven's book, which made Oprah's Book Club this month, is not in any stores. a. prepositional phrase    b. participial phrase    c. gerund phrase    d. infinitive phrase 2. While preparing for the speech, Joe couldn't help but worry about … [Read more...]

Clause Practice Answers

1. Steven's book, which made Oprah's Book Club this month, is not in any stores. a. independent clause    b. restrictive clause    c. phrase    d. non-restrictive clause 2. While preparing for the speech, Joe worried about his entrance. a. … [Read more...]

Interactive Clause Quiz #1

Choose the correct answer for each question. … [Read more...]

Conjunctions: Subordinating

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Subordinating conjunctions introduce dependent (subordinate) clauses and join the dependent clause to the independent or main clause in a sentence. (A dependent clause has a subject and verb, but it depends on the independent clause for context and … [Read more...]