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What Is a Sentence?

J-Term Composition 9
by

Michael Hamilton

on 3 January 2013

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Transcript of What Is a Sentence?

WORDS
& PHRASES CLAUSES SENTENCES JOINING CLAUSES WITHIN SENTENCES A. a RUN-ON sledding INDEPENDENT
SUBJECT + PREDICATE
MAKES SENSE BY ITSELF! At minimum, a sentence must
contain 1 INDEPENDENT CLAUSE
Express a COMPLETE THOUGHT
Begin with a capital & end with a full stop DEPENDENT + INDEPENDENT ............... comma only Q. What do you call a "sentence" with two or more IMPROPERLY JOINED CLAUSES? What Is a Sentence? hill down last the Joshua snowman crashed DEPENDENT
SUBJECT + PREDICATE
NONSENSE BY ITSELF! (i.e., subject + predicate & make sense) (i.e., a period, exclamation point, or question mark) a guy I know crashed into a snowman when he was sledding in the dark last night A guy I know crashed into a snowman. Joshua crashed into a snowman. Sledding down the hill last night, Joshua crashed into a snowman. Joshua crashed into a snowman while sledding in the dark last night. Joshua crashed into a snowman while sledding down a huge hill last night, even though Evin advised him to stay inside. INDEPENDENT + INDEPENDENT ..... comma + conjunction
OR
..... a semi-colon INDEPENDENT + DEPENDENT ............ conjunction only While he was sledding down the hill last night, Joshua crashed into a huge snowman. Joshua went sledding down a huge hill last night and crashed into a snowman. Joshua went sledding down a huge hill last night, and he crashed into a snowman.

Joshua went sledding down a huge hill last night; he crashed into a snowman. Q. What do you call a "sentence" without an independent clause? A. a FRAGMENT When he was sledding in the dark last night, Joshua crashed into a snowman. (Introductory dependent clause) (Introductory phrase) Composition 9
Mr. Hamilton
J-Term 2013
Dayton Christian High School in the dark all by himself two days ago
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