September Grammar Discussion Post

September Grammar Discussion Post

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  • Well, phrases are a part of a sentence without a subject or a verb that is used a s a single part of speech. A clause is a group of words containing a subject and a verb. An independent clause stands alone as a simple sentence. A dependent clause cannot stand on its own. The English language needs phrases and clauses because a part of a sentence doesn't always need a subject and a verb, but sometimes does.
  • Why does the English language need phrases and clauses?
  • You know what I don't understand? Why does the English language need semicolons and semicolons?
  • The semicolon and colon are often under used. Yet, their correct use can enhance the clarity of your writing! Cool, right?
  • A dependent clause is not a complete thought. It can't alone as a sentence. Therefore, it is dependent on an independent clause to form a complete sentence or thought.
  • Why is a dependent clause dependent to an independent clause?
  • What is the role of a subordinating conjunction? 
  • A subordinating conjunction acts as a bridge between an independent clause and a dependent clause to make a complete sentence. It brings the two clauses together to form one sentence.
  • Every time we have a test coming up, these grammar words seem so hard to remember! I was up so late last night while studying for this test!
  • When I was studying last night, I had to call a friend for help! She was no help, even though she tried. After a long night, I finally understood the information better.
  • The purpose of a semicolon is to join two sentences together that could stay separate. For example, "Emelia loves ice cream; Keturah doesn't." The colon is used to provide a pause before introducing related information. After a colon, things are normally listed. For example, "To make the perfect milkshake, you need three things: milk, ice cream, and ice." Now, we need to head home before we explode with all of this information fresh in our minds!
  • I have just one more question. How are semicolons and colons used?
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