The Wonderful World of Phrases and Clauses. “Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.” ~Joan Didion. General Definitions. Phrase-is a group of words that contains a subject OR a predicate (NOT BOTH)
“Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.” ~Joan Didion
Rita packed a sandwich for lunch.
Although she is not a vegetarian, Rita prefers peanut butter sandwiches.
Rita reached in her bag for the sandwich when she realized she accidentally brought her dad’s tuna fish sandwich.
The bee buzzed with his bee friends from the beehive, around the garden, then to the tree and over it.
The monkey swung from branch to branch through the forest under the sunny sky.
Johnny Depp, a handsome actor, starred in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Kiera Knightly costarred in the movie, a huge box office success.
Kevin Spacey as “Verbal”
Kint in The Usual Suspects
Crawling to the lake, the snake cooled himself from the hot sun.
Sam won the game by hitting the game-ending home run.
Talking while chewing gum can lead to accidents.
To be or not to be: that is the question.
I want to learn to speak Japanese.
I went to the store to buy chocolate milk.
End in –ing; used as adj. or adv.
The grinning Chesire Cat slowly
disappeared from Alice’s view.
The losing team ran off the field, crying and moping on the way toward the locker rooms.
Don’t get these mixed up with gerunds that end in –ing but are used as nouns!
End in –Ed, –En , -D, -N, or T
Used as Adjectives or Adverbs
Covered in slime, the Chemist adjusted his adjusts his formula so to not create a second explosion.
The binder, worn from years of misuse, finally lost its cover.