TO FIND and AVOID
Any grouping of words is probably
either a clause or a phrase.
- An independent clause
grouping has a subject and a verb and makes sense by itself. [The
fence fell over.]
- A dependent clause has a
subject and verb BUT does NOT make sense by itself. [That he was
hoping to do.] ????
- A phrase may not have a
subject or a verb and only gives more information about something in
a clause. [to the house.]???
- These groupings can include
more than one of each of those above....
help identify and signal
possible sentence errors, because words (nouns and/or verbs!)
which occur AFTER these
pronouns are usually dependent
on the main subject and main verb for
refer to or depend
on other information for full meaning.
These impersonal pronouns
(not the personal pronouns such as "he. she,
I, us," etc.)
on the core
connecting and introductory words are also dependent on other words/ideas/actions, so cannot
be main subjects and main verbs...
that signal a dependent clause or
(Some) Connecting Words
can signal a new clause
words may also qualify as other parts of a sentence....
accordingly, however, furthermore, moreover, also, hence, still,
because, so, next, as, and, however, nevertheless, besides, incidentally, certainly, indeed, nonetheless, therefore,
but instead, consequently, now, finally, since,
though. likewise, otherwise, undoubtedly,
or, although, further, meanwhile....
place things or
actions in a sentence and
are usually in their
own phrases, with out a main subject/verb and only make sense as part of
a clause. [beside the