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Simple Sentences. I promise you, it’s really not all that simple. What is a simple sentence ? . A simple sentence is a sentence with just one independent clause. Easy, right? But…what’s an independent clause ?. What’s an independent clause ?.

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Simple sentences

Simple Sentences

I promise you, it’s really not all that simple.


What is a simple sentence
What is a simple sentence?

  • A simple sentence is a sentence with just one independent clause.

  • Easy, right?

  • But…what’s an independent clause?


What s an independent clause
What’s an independent clause?

  • An independent clause can stand by itself as a complete sentence.

  • So it must contain a ________ and a _______.

  • Come on, help me out, I know you already know this.

  • That’s easy! Let’s all write some simple sentences together.


Examples
Examples

  • The zombie is fighting the shark.


Examples1
Examples

  • Kim Jong Un is the leader of North Korea.


Examples2
Examples

  • The band played the concert.


How can i screw this up
How can I screw this up?

  • By writing a sentence fragment, which is often just a subordinate clause.

  • Wait, wait, a what?


What is a subordinate clause
What is a subordinate clause?

  • A subordinate clause, although it has a subject and a verb, cannot stand by itself as a complete sentence.

  • These clauses often start with a subordinating conjunction, or a relative pronoun.


Subordinate conjunctions
Subordinate Conjunctions

  • After

  • Although

  • As

  • As if

  • As long as

  • As much as

  • As soon as

  • As though

  • Because

  • Before

  • Even if

  • Even though

  • How

  • If

  • Inasmuch as

  • In order that

  • Lest

  • Now that

  • Provided that

  • Since

  • So that

  • Than

  • That

  • Though

  • Till

  • Unless

  • Until

  • When

  • Whenever

  • Where

  • Wherever

  • While


Relative pronouns
Relative Pronouns

  • thatwhichwhichever

    whowhoeverwhom whosewhoseverwhomever


Examples subordinate clauses
Examples – Subordinate Clauses

  • Even though they are underwater

  • Which is a communist country

  • Until Troy’s mom told him to come home



So a simple sentence can t have a comma
So a simple sentence can’t have a comma? provide a complete thought.

  • Commas are used in a sentence to separate elements in a sentence.

  • For simple sentences, commas are used to separate items in a list.

  • So yes, you can have a simple sentence that makes use of commas.


Examples3
Examples provide a complete thought.

  • Troy’s band includes a guitar, drums, and a trombone.

  • The zombie is trying to bite the shark’s nose, neck, or fin.

  • Kim Jong Un loves Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, and murder.


The oxford comma
The “Oxford comma” provide a complete thought.

  • A comma must be used between all items in a list or series. This avoids confusion.

  • For example:

    • The list for the supermarket includes milk, eggs, macaroni, and cheese.

  • Your reader could become confused by leaving out the final comma:

    • The list for the supermarket includes milk, eggs, macaroni and cheese.


Another example
Another example provide a complete thought.

  • The panda bear eats shoots and leaves.


Or…… provide a complete thought.

  • The panda eats, shoots, and leaves.


Just remember
Just remember provide a complete thought.


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