ELEMENTS OF SENTENCE
CONSTRUCTION
Subjects and Predicates
Parts of speech have specific tasks to perform when
they are put...
ELEMENTS OF SENTENCE
CONSTRUCTION
Every sentence has a subject and predicate.
A subject can be a noun or pronoun that is
p...
EX:
S O M E T I M E S A V E R B W I L L E X P R E S S B E I N G O R
E X I S T E N C E I N S T E A D O F AC T I O N.
E X A M P ...
S O M E T I M E S W E U S E S E N T E N C E S I N W H I C H
A S U B J E C T I S N O T AC T UA L LY S TAT E D, BU T
I S, N ...
Because we use such statements when we are talking directly
to someone, we omit the word you. It is understood in the
sent...
A PRE DICATE IS A VE RB THAT
E X PRE SSE S THE SUBJ E CT'S ACTION OR
STATE OF BEING. EXAMPLE:
Sometimes the predicate will be composed
of two or three verbs that fit together - the
main verb preceded by one or more a...
IMPORTANT NOTE: To be a predicate, a verb
that ends in -ing must ALWAYS have a helping
verb with it. An -ing verb WITHOUT ...
A S U B J E C T A N D P R E D I C AT E M AY N O T
A LWAY S A P P E A R T O G E T H E R O R I N T H E
N O R M A L O R D E R...
PHRASES
A phrase is a group of related words that
1. does not express a complete thought
2. does not have a subject and pr...
EXAMPLES:
Anotherkindofphraseisaverbalphrase.
Examples:
Even though these phrases contain nouns (pronouns)
and/or verb forms, none of the nouns/pronouns/verbs
are subjects or pr...
CLAUSES
Words and phrases can be put together to make clauses.
A clause is a group of related words that contain a subject...
ONLY ONE OF THE CLAUSES IS
A SENTENCE.
Clause #1 gives a thought or an idea that is COMPLETE, that can
stand by itself, in...
These two clauses illustrate the two kinds of clauses:
independent clauses and dependent clauses
An independent clause is ...
COMPOUNDING SENTENCE
ELEMENTS
Words, phrases, and clauses may be joined to one another inside a
sentence with a conjunctio...
WORDS
PHRASES
DEPENDENT CLAUSES
When entire independent clauses (simple
sentences) are joined this way, they become
compound sentences.
AVOIDING FRAGMENTS
A complete sentence needs only two elements:
a subject - predicate unit AND a
complete thought
In other words, a simple sentence is actually the SAME thing as
an independent clause.
Dependent clauses or phrases are ca...
LOOK AT THESE EXAMPLES:
AVOIDING COMMA SPLICES
AND FUSED SENTENCES
Sometimes two independent clauses (simple
sentences) can be joined to form anot...
1: THE COMMA SPLICE
Writers make this error when they try to separate the two
independent clauses in a compound sentence w...
EXAMPLE OF A COMMA
SPLICE:
THIS SE NTE NCE CAN BE RE PAIRE D IN
THRE E WAY S :
1. by adding an appropriate coordinating
conjunction
2. by changing the comma to a semicolon
3. by changing the punctuation and adding an
appropriate conjunctive adverb
2: THE FUSED SENTENCE
Writers make this error by joining two independent clauses
into a compound sentence without using an...
EXAMPLE OF A FUSED
SENTENCE:
THIS SENTENCE IS ALSO REPAIRED
IN THREE WAYS:
1. by adding a comma and an appropriate coordinating
conjunction
2. by placing a semicolon between the two clauses
3. by adding the needed punctuation and an appropriate
conjunctive adverb
Another way to repair a comma splice or fused sentence is to make
each independent clause into a simple sentence.
THE END
Advance english 2[1]
Advance english 2[1]
Advance english 2[1]
Advance english 2[1]
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  1. 1. ELEMENTS OF SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION Subjects and Predicates Parts of speech have specific tasks to perform when they are put together in a sentence. A noun or pronoun functions as the sentence subject when it is paired with a verb functioning as the sentence predicate.
  2. 2. ELEMENTS OF SENTENCE CONSTRUCTION Every sentence has a subject and predicate. A subject can be a noun or pronoun that is partnered with an action verb.
  3. 3. EX:
  4. 4. S O M E T I M E S A V E R B W I L L E X P R E S S B E I N G O R E X I S T E N C E I N S T E A D O F AC T I O N. E X A M P L E :
  5. 5. S O M E T I M E S W E U S E S E N T E N C E S I N W H I C H A S U B J E C T I S N O T AC T UA L LY S TAT E D, BU T I S, N E V E R T H E L E S S, U N D E R S T O O D I N T H E M E A N I N G. E X A M P L E :
  6. 6. Because we use such statements when we are talking directly to someone, we omit the word you. It is understood in the sentence. Therefore, in statements like this one, we say the subject is you (understood). This kind of sentence is an imperative sentence.
  7. 7. A PRE DICATE IS A VE RB THAT E X PRE SSE S THE SUBJ E CT'S ACTION OR STATE OF BEING. EXAMPLE:
  8. 8. Sometimes the predicate will be composed of two or three verbs that fit together - the main verb preceded by one or more auxiliary (helping) verbs.
  9. 9. IMPORTANT NOTE: To be a predicate, a verb that ends in -ing must ALWAYS have a helping verb with it. An -ing verb WITHOUT a helping verb cannot be a predicate in a sentence.
  10. 10. A S U B J E C T A N D P R E D I C AT E M AY N O T A LWAY S A P P E A R T O G E T H E R O R I N T H E N O R M A L O R D E R , A S T H E F O L L OW I N G E X A M P L E S S H OW:
  11. 11. PHRASES A phrase is a group of related words that 1. does not express a complete thought 2. does not have a subject and predicate pair One type of phrase is a prepositional phrase.
  12. 12. EXAMPLES: Anotherkindofphraseisaverbalphrase. Examples:
  13. 13. Even though these phrases contain nouns (pronouns) and/or verb forms, none of the nouns/pronouns/verbs are subjects or predicates. None of them work as a partnership. Also, these phrases do NOT express complete thoughts.
  14. 14. CLAUSES Words and phrases can be put together to make clauses. A clause is a group of related words that contain a subject and predicate. Note the difference between phrases and clauses in the following examples:
  15. 15. ONLY ONE OF THE CLAUSES IS A SENTENCE. Clause #1 gives a thought or an idea that is COMPLETE, that can stand by itself, independent of other words. However, clause #2 gives an INCOMPLETE thought or idea, one that cannot stand by itself, one that needs some more words to make it whole. The word after changes the meaning, making the thought incomplete. After reading this clause, we are left hanging.
  16. 16. These two clauses illustrate the two kinds of clauses: independent clauses and dependent clauses An independent clause is a group of words that contains a subject, a predicate, and a complete thought. A dependent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate, but does NOT express a complete thought.
  17. 17. COMPOUNDING SENTENCE ELEMENTS Words, phrases, and clauses may be joined to one another inside a sentence with a conjunction. The coordinating conjunctions and, but, or, and nor may join subjects, predicates, adjectives, adverbs, prepositional phrases or dependent clauses within a sentence. This process is called "compounding.“ The following examples show the process of compounding
  18. 18. WORDS
  19. 19. PHRASES
  20. 20. DEPENDENT CLAUSES
  21. 21. When entire independent clauses (simple sentences) are joined this way, they become compound sentences.
  22. 22. AVOIDING FRAGMENTS A complete sentence needs only two elements: a subject - predicate unit AND a complete thought
  23. 23. In other words, a simple sentence is actually the SAME thing as an independent clause. Dependent clauses or phrases are called fragments because they are missing one or more parts needed to make a sentence. Therefore, they are only pieces or fragments of complete sentences.
  24. 24. LOOK AT THESE EXAMPLES:
  25. 25. AVOIDING COMMA SPLICES AND FUSED SENTENCES Sometimes two independent clauses (simple sentences) can be joined to form another kind of sentence: the compound sentence. Two major errors can occur when constructing compound sentences.
  26. 26. 1: THE COMMA SPLICE Writers make this error when they try to separate the two independent clauses in a compound sentence with a comma alone. A comma is not a strong enough punctuation mark to separate the two independent clauses by itself; thus, using it causes the clauses to be spliced together.
  27. 27. EXAMPLE OF A COMMA SPLICE:
  28. 28. THIS SE NTE NCE CAN BE RE PAIRE D IN THRE E WAY S : 1. by adding an appropriate coordinating conjunction
  29. 29. 2. by changing the comma to a semicolon
  30. 30. 3. by changing the punctuation and adding an appropriate conjunctive adverb
  31. 31. 2: THE FUSED SENTENCE Writers make this error by joining two independent clauses into a compound sentence without using any punctuation between them. No punctuation between the two independent clauses causes them to "fuse" into an INCORRECT compound sentence.
  32. 32. EXAMPLE OF A FUSED SENTENCE:
  33. 33. THIS SENTENCE IS ALSO REPAIRED IN THREE WAYS: 1. by adding a comma and an appropriate coordinating conjunction
  34. 34. 2. by placing a semicolon between the two clauses
  35. 35. 3. by adding the needed punctuation and an appropriate conjunctive adverb
  36. 36. Another way to repair a comma splice or fused sentence is to make each independent clause into a simple sentence.
  37. 37. THE END
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