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Sentences 101—What Is a Clause?

31 January 2013


A clause is a group of words that contains at minimum a subject and a verb. That sounds like the definition for a sentence, and it’s close, but not completely the same.


The reason why it’s not the same is that a clause doesn’t necessarily express a complete idea.


There are many types of clauses. But for today, we’ll just look at the two main types: independent and dependent.

Sentences 101—Sentence Building Blocks

24 January 2013

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Today we’ll discuss the building blocks of sentences: words. But before we start, let’s look at the answers to last week’s exercise on identifying types of sentence mistakes.


Answers to last week’s exercise

1.    Please accept my sincere apologise for the inconvenience. [wrong word class; apologise (verb) should be

Sentences 101—Series Overview

17 January 2013

Today we begin a series called ‘Sentences 101’, designed to help you write grammatically correct sentences.


The series will cover the following topics:

·      What is a sentence?

·      What are the building blocks of a sentence?

·      What is a clause?

·      What are coordinating clauses?

·      What are subordinate clauses?


How to Be Seen as More Intelligent

10 January 2013

How many times have you heard that you should keep your writing simple?


My ‘sales pitch’ for writing simple sentences is that you’ll reduce the possibility of making grammar mistakes. After all, the longer the sentence, the easier it is to make a mistake.


But wait – there’s more!

I recently heard about a study done at Princeton University (USA) that found an even better reason to use plain text and basic vocabulary.

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