September Grammar Post

September Grammar Post

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  • "Hey, why are phrases and clauses so important?" I asked.  She sighed. "Phrases are important because they describe a noun, act a noun, act as an adverb, and can form infinitives. Clauses are important because they can form complete sentences or sentence fragments. They're literally the things that create sentences while phrases add detail to those sentences." "That makes sense!" I said. "Yeah," She nods.
  • "What about colons and semicolons? Why do people use those so much?" I questioned once again. "...People use colons to expand on an idea or to link two complete independent clauses. Colons are used before people list items off.  Everything before them must be s complete sentence," She said awaiting anymore questions I may have. 
  • "I mentioned independent clauses and I know you know what those are. You also know that there are dependent clauses but what you don't know is why dependent clauses need independent ones. The reason is because a dependent clause is not a sentence by itself. In order for it to be one and make sense it must be accompanied by an independent clause," She winked as she happily explained.
  • "You also must know that subordinating conjunctions are what cause a dependent clause to be such.  You can simply add one to a independent clause and it becomes dependent! They also link the two types of clauses together to form one sentence," She finishes her explanation and looks at me expectantly. 
  • "Thanks to you, I now understand! I know all of this because of you explanations. Before you leave, I would like to express how grateful I am. I am extremely happy because I know how to use these parts of grammar. Until we meet again, that is all I need to know," I eccentrically thanked her.
  • "Wait! We still have things to discuss; such as how to use a colon and semicolon. You use a colons when you make a list as I states before. An example would be a sentence such as this. Jane loves all animals; dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and birds. You use a semicolon to connect two independent clauses such as these. The dog ran on my lawn today; it was extremely fluffy. There! You have all you questions answered," She sat down. The explanations had tired her out. 
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