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last changed 29 May 2003 Sentences and Clauses - introduction There are four types of sentence : A clause is a group of words which acts as a single unit and is built round a verb, for example: Compound and complex sentences contain two or more clauses:
A phrase may function as a verb , noun , an adverb , or an adjective . Verb Phrases A verb phrase consists of a verb, its direct and/or indirect objects , and any adverb, adverb phrases, or adverb clauses which happen to modify it. The predicate of a clause or sentence is always a verb phrase: Corinne is trying to decide whether she wants to go to medical school or to go to law school .
Printer Fabulous! Recognize a subordinate clause when you see one. A subordinate clause—also called a dependent clause —will begin with a subordinate conjunction or a relative pronoun and will contain both a subject and a verb . This combination of words will not form a complete sentence . It will instead make a reader want additional information to finish the thought.
by Mark Nichol Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive written communication. So many pairs or trios of words and phrases stymie us with their resemblance to each other. Here’s a quick guide to alleviate (or is it ameliorate?) your suffering: 1. a while / awhile : “A while” is a noun phrase; awhile is an adverb.