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By Katie Marsico,Kathleen Petelinsek

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Adverb clause: As soon as we left, the snow started. The clause modifies the verb started. Noun clause: Whoever took that picture will be rich. The clause functions as the subject of the sentence. Now that we’re done chatting about clauses, it’s time to move on to phrases. Just as there are different kinds of clauses, there are also different kinds of phrases. To be specific, a phrase is a group of related words used as a part of speech. Phrases can’t stand alone as sentences. Phrases add details to sentences and are generally broken down into four major types: prepositional phrases, participial phrases, gerund phrases, and infinitive phrases.

Now consider this sentence: Although the husband wanted to go to the strip joint, his wife said no. putting all the crap together 31 This sentence contains the dependent clause Although the husband wanted to go to the strip joint, followed by the independent clause his wife said no. By itself, the first clause doesn’t make sense and therefore can’t stand alone. But the second one can. The dependent clause doesn’t express a complete thought even though it contains a subject (the husband) and predicate (wanted to go to the strip joint).

To set off introductory words such as yes, no, oh, well, also, still, now, and why in a sentence. Examples: Yes, dear, I’ll be at home by six. No, I don’t want to pick up the dry cleaning on my way home. • To set off nonessential clauses or phrases in a sentence. Nonessential material is information that can be left out of a sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. These are also called nonrestrictive elements. Special note regarding commas and clauses: While a comma is necessary after an introductory clause, do not use a comma to set off an essential clause that appears within the sentence.

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