September Grammar Post

September Grammar Post
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  • Why do we need phrases and clauses?
  • Independent and dependent clauses make up sentences while a phrase adds description to an object in the sentence.
  • Okay. Why do we need semicolons and colons?
  • Semicolons can tell the reader that two independent clauses are related to each other and colons are commonly used when listing items that are related in some way.
  • How are dependent clauses dependent on independent clauses?
  • Gosh you ask a lot of questions! Dependent clauses cannot stand alone because they do not complete a thought and requires an independent clause to complete it.
  • For example, if I were to say, "Because she is happy..." it would not be a complete thought because you don't know what the girl does.
  • Each dependent clause contains a preceding conjunction like "because" or "although". These are called subordinating conjunctions.
  • For example, the subordinating clause from the previous example would be "because." 
  • I still have so many more questions although I would normally want to go home. Because of this, can we stay out a little longer?
  • Let's talk on the way back home since it's getting so late. When we get home, I can answer even more of your questions.
  • Since it's starting to get late, we need to start heading home.
  • I have one last question. What might be some examples of colons and semicolons being used in a sentence? 
  • It's getting late; let's go inside and we''ll talk more about these punctuation marks: semicolons and colons.
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