~ Appendix Five ~ Parts of Sentences ~ Breaking it Down ~

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TLW ~  English Writing ~ Basic Structures and Forms

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To begin, every sentence has a subject and  predicate: 

1) The subject tells who or what the sentence is about: 

The restaurant is popular, The lobsters are fresh, My friend loves lobster.          

2) The predicate tells what the subject is or does: 

The restaurant is popular, The lobsters are fresh, My friend loves lobster

 

1)       Main or Independent Clause   

expresses a complete thought and can stand alone as a sentence

Examples:
            
I met the boy   who had helped me.
            
She is wearing a shirt  which looks nice.
            
The teacher asked a question   but no one answered.
            
He takes medicine   because he suffers from fever.
            
He became angry   and smashed the vase into pieces.

 

2)       Subordinate or Dependent Clause

does not express complete thought and depends on the Main Clause to                                                     complete a thought. A sentence having a subordinate clause must have a main clause.

Examples:
            I met the boy  
who had helped me.
            She is wearing a shirt 
which looks nice.
            The teacher asked a question   
but no one answered.
            He takes medicine  
because he suffers from fever.
            He became angry  
and smashed the vase into pieces.