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 knew the man.

2- The television is on the table.

3- The earth goes around the sun.

4- I decided to move to Toronto.

5- The job opportunities were limited.

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.