I learned English grammar very quickly because it is very easy.
08/04/09 Incomplete thought Dependent clause
Because English grammar is very easy, I learned it very quickly.
Complete thought Independent clause The conjunction which joins a subordinate clause to a main clause, is called a subordinating conjunction (because, if, since, although, ect.). Subordinate clause main clause
Raphael had finished his homework. Before his mother came home from the grocery store.
08/04/09 FRAGMENT SENTENCE The second word group is a fragment and belongs with the sentence before it.
Raphael had finished his homework before his mother came home from the grocery store.
Fragments 08/04/09 Purdue offers many majors in engineering. Such as electrical, chemical, and industrial engineering. Purdue offers many majors in engineering , s uch as electrical, chemical, and industrial engineering.
The Chinese sometimes used kites in religious ceremonies, they usually use them for sport.
08/04/09 RUN-ON CORRECT
The Chinese sometimes used kites in religious ceremonies , but they usually use them for sport.
Two ways to revise run-on sentences.
2. Use a comma and a coordinating conjunction such as and, but, or or .
Run-ons 08/04/09 Getting married is easy staying married is another matter. Getting married is easy , but staying married is another matter. but Although getting married is easy , staying married is another matter. Although Getting married is easy. Staying married is another matter.
The boy asked his father a question. The boy is five years old. The question was about death.
The five-year-old boy asked his father a question about death
You don’t need a new sentence for each piece of information, so you can integrate minor details. Examine your own writing carefully. Do you use too many short sentences? If you do, practice combining them.