Clauses - Independent & Subordinate (Dependent)


Directions:
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Information:
An incomplete sentence, or SENTENCE FRAGMENT, is often a subordinate clause. It looks like a sentence and has a subject and a verb, but it doesn't state a complete thought.
An INDEPENDENT CLAUSE is a complete sentence.
A SUBORDINATE CLAUSE is merely an independent clause with a SUBORDINATOR on the front of it.

Some common subordinators are: when, because, then, as if, while, since

EXERCISE 1

First, label each subject and verb in the following sentences.
Then, convert each of the independent clauses to a sentence fragment by inserting a subordinator.
Finally, create a title out of the sentence by leaving out words and/or rearranging the words.

Example: She (S) is helping (V) at home. (Sentence)
When she is helping at home (Fragment)
Helping at home (Title)

1- Grandpa(S) knew(V) the man.(Sentence)
As if grandpa knew the man.(Fragment)
The Man Grandpa Knew (Title)

2- The television(S) is(V) on the table.(Sentence)
While the T.V. was on the table.(Fragment)
The T.V. On the Table (Title)

3- The earth(S) goes(V) around the sun.(Sentence)
When the earth goes around the sun.(Fragment)
The Earth Around the Sun (Title)

4- I(S) decided to move(V) to Toronto.(Sentence)
Since I decided to move to Toronto.(Fragment)
Moving to Toronto (Title)

5- The job(S) opportunities were(V) limited.(Sentence)
Because the job opportunities were limited.(Fragment)
Job opportunities Limited (Title)

The correction for a sentence fragment, such as the ones that you created above, is to add an independent clause, after or before the fragment, to complete it.

EXERCISE 2

Add an independent clause to each of the fragments that you created
above to make each a complete thought.

Label the subject and verb in each of the clauses.

Be prepared to explain why your work is a complete sentence.

Examples: When she (S) is helping (V) at home, the work (S) is finished (V) sooner.

The work (S) is finished (V) sooner, when she (S) is helping (V) at home.


1- As if grandpa(S) knew(V) the man, grandpa(S) yelled(V) at him.




2- While the television(S) is(V) on the table, I(S) am watching(V) it.




3- When the earth(S) goes(V) around the sun, I(S) can not feel it move(V).



4- Since I(S) decided to move(V) to Toronto, I(S) can get(V) a job.



5- Becaues the job(S) opportunities were(V) limited,people(S) can't get(V) good jobs.