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    Constructing Sentences: Adjective Clause

    Thursday, February 10, 2011

    An adjective clause is used to modify a noun or a pronoun by answering the questions what kind? or which one?

    The person who invented the telephone would marvel at communications today.

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    Constructing Sentences: Adverb Clause

    Tuesday, February 08, 2011

    An adverb clause answers how? where? when? why? how much? or under what condition? Adverb clauses begin with a subordinating conjunction.

    When your sales staff is on the road, voice mail enables you to leave timely messages.

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    Constructing Sentences: Dependent Clause

    Thursday, February 03, 2011

    A dependent clause cannot stand alone. It can, however, add important detail to a sentence.

    When there's no one available to take calls, your voice-mail system can take a message.

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    Constructing Sentences: Independent Clause

    Tuesday, February 01, 2011

    An independent clause has both a subject and a predicate and expresses a complete thought; it can stand alone as a sentence.

    An answering machine can record messages, but voice mail can do so much more.

    Note: The above sentence has two clauses; each independent clause can stand alone as a sentence.

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    Constructing Sentences: A Closer Look at Participial Phrases

    Thursday, January 27, 2011

    Be careful to place participial phrases next to the nouns or pronouns they modify so that you don't create a dangling or misplaced modifier.

    Panicked by the turbulence, I reminded my seatmate to breathe deeply. (This misplaced modifier is confusing: Am I panicked, or is my seatmate?)
    Panicked by the turbulence, my seatmate needed to be reminded to breathe deeply. (Clear)

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