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Christensen Sentence

Sentence types, clauses, puntuation

QuestionAnswer
Independent Clause A series of words that include a SUBJECT and VERB and can stand alone as a complete thought.
Dependent Clause A series of words that include a SUBJECT and VERB but cannot stand alone as a complete thought. Begins with a marker word like "who" "that" "which" or a subordinating conjunction.
Gerund A word that looks like an "ing" verb, but it is used as a noun or the subject of a sentence.
Infinitive Any verb with the word "to" in front of it. It will NEVER be the main verb of a sentence.
Simple Sentence A sentence with only one independent clause. It CAN have a compound subject and/or a compound verb.
Compound Sentence Two independent clauses combined with either a comma and conjunction or a semicolon.
Complex Sentence A sentence with one independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
Compound-Complex Sentence A sentence with more than one independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
I,c I or I;I Compound Sentence
ID or D,I Complex Sentence
SV, SSV, SVV, SSVV Simple Sentence
D,I,cI D,I;I ID,cI ID;I I,cId I;Id compound complex sentence
Is this sentence punctuated correctly? When we were watching the movie, John spilled all of his popcorn. Yes, it's a D,I
Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I appreciate students who know how to behave. Yes, it's an ID-who know how to behave is a dependent clause.
Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I hope you study for this test, because your grade depends on a good score. No. "because your grade depends on a good score" is a dependent clause. There is no such thing as an I,D. There should be no comma.
Is this sentence punctuated correctly? Students who practice will improve their writing; their grades will improve too. Yes. This is a compound sentence-I;I and the two independent clauses are closely related.
Is this sentence punctuated correctly? I love eating Thanksgiving dinner, and visiting with family. No. "and visiting with family" is a verb phrase and not an independent clause. There should be no comma.
What type of sentence is this? I love to eat pumpkin pie during the holiday season. Simple
What type of sentence is this? My mother is a good cook; my sister is a good cook; my grandmother is a good cook, but my wife is NOT a good cook. Compound
What type of sentence is this? I like to build a snowman after the first snow of each season. Simple
What type of sentence is this? After we come back from break, we will move into the next section of our book; class will be more challenging than it was before. Compound Complex
What type of sentence is this? I told my best friend my deepest secret, but she went and blabbed to anyone who would listen; I'll never tell her anything again! Compound Complex-who would listen is a dependent clause
What type of sentence is this? I asked the neighbor kid to rake my leaves, but he told me that he was busy for three weeks. Compound Complex-that he was busy is a dependent clause
What type of sentence is this? I wanted to buy a car, which was within my price range, after I checked with my wife, but she told me not to buy it. Compound Complex
What type of sentence is this? The person who thought of that must have been pretty smart. complex-who thought of that is a dependent clause.
What type of sentence is this? I am trying to watch this show; please be quiet! compound
What type of sentence is this? I wish that I could hear this show! Complex
Created by: studystackcraig on 2013-11-26



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