Norman Grammar Discussion

Norman Grammar Discussion

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  • Why the English language needs phrases and clauses.
  • We need phrases because they make up sentences and dialogue. They also help break up and separate sentences.
  • We need/use semicolons to combine two independent clauses that are similar.
  • While a colon is used for a list or to connect a dependent clause to an independent clause.
  • A dependent phrase has both a subject and a verb. In comparison to an independent clause that has both, but doesn't complete a full thought.
  • That means that in order to be sentence a dependent clause will need an independent one to express a complete thought.
  • A subordinating conjunction is used to connect a subordinating clause to a dependent clause.
  • A subordinate clause is a dependent clause with a subordinating conjunction is the beginning such as: when, although, because, and after. 
  • I hate leaving my kids even if my wife is with them.
  • We are getting our bonuses today, if you got your reports in on time.
  • I can't go on vacation, because my kids are still in school.
  • While my kids are in school I might go to the beach.
  • After we get our bonuses I am going on a vacation with my family.
  • My students are always acting up; I have to send them to detention a lot.
  • We use semicolons to connect two thoughts that are similar such as two independent clauses. Such as...
  • I like to spend my time doing things like: reading novels, watching movies, and gardening.
  • On the other hand a colon is used to start a list. It is used like this.
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