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The Sentence: What am I?. Phrase, Clause, Independent, Dependent. Types of Sentences. Declarative (statement): Mrs. Bevill teaches English at Hamilton High School. Interrogative (question): Where does Mrs. Bevill teach? Imperative (command): Learn these sentences.

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The sentence what am i

The Sentence:What am I?

Phrase, Clause, Independent, Dependent


Types of sentences

Types of Sentences

Declarative (statement): Mrs. Bevill teaches English at Hamilton High School.

Interrogative (question): Where does Mrs. Bevill teach?

Imperative (command): Learn these sentences.

Exclamatory (strong feeling): Mrs. Bevill is the most exciting and influential teacher!


Phrase or clause that is the question

Phrase or Clause?That is the question!

  • Phrase: NO subject AND verb

    • Prepositional phrase: in the store

      • I found my purse in the store

    • Verb phrase: Walking into the store, made me realize

      • Walking into the store made me realize I had forgotten my purse.

    • Noun phrase: the cold winter season

      • The cold winter season will bring snow.


Clause not santa claus or claws a clause contains a subject and a verb

Clause (not Santa Claus or claws)A CLAUSE contains a subject AND a verb.

Dependent clause: it has a subject and verb BUT does not express a complete thought and CANNOT stand alone as a sentence

Independent clause:it has a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought and CAN stand alone


Dependent clause

Dependent Clause

  • A dependent clause usually begins with a subordinating conjunction.

  • What’s missing?

    • because I like to play soccer

    • although I prefer to eat chocolate

    • before I began my book

    • where I left my purse


Independent clause

Independent Clause

  • An independent clause IS a complete sentence!

  • 1 independent clause is a.k.a. (also known as) a simple sentence.

    • The dog runs.

    • I like you.

    • The students go to the assemblies in the gym.


Compound complex and compound complex

Compound, Complex and Compound Complex

  • A compound sentence consists of 2 or more independent (simple) sentences.

  • They are joined by a coordinating conjunction (and, or, but) punctuation, or both.

    • I walk to school, and my friends ride the bus.

    • I said I write poems; I didn’t say I was a poet.


Complex sentences

Complex Sentences

  • A complex sentence contains 1 independent clause and 1 or more dependent clauses.

    • Mrs. Bevill laughs when she makes a mistake.

    • Because I like chocolate, I only eat a little so I don’t gain weight.

    • I wore a jacket todaybecause it’s cold.

    • I brought my purse so that I can shop.


Compound complex

Compound Complex

  • A compound-complex sentence consists of two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

    • Although I like to go camping, I haven't had the time to go lately, and I haven't found anyone to go with.

    • We decided that the movie was too violent, but our children, who like to watch scary movies, thought that we were wrong.


Run on or fragment

Run-on or Fragment????

  • It’s a run-on if you have 2 independent clauses BUT:

    • No conjunction

    • No punctuation

    • No punctuation and conjunction

    • Too many conjunctions

  • It’s a fragment if:

    • It’s a lonely dependent clause

    • It’s missing a subject or verb (just a phrase)

    • It has neither subject or verb


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