Compound sentence

Focus on Noun Clause as Subordination

The Writingessentialsbyellen.com blog has been examining English sentence types, with the most recent focus on complex sentences. Complex sentences, formed by subordinating one idea (or sentence) to another, are useful for showing the various kinds of relationship that exist among ideas. We considered the adverb clause and the adjective clause, two ways to form complex …

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Using basic sentence types in writing

The previous two posts focused on basic sentence types in English: the first on the simple sentence and its patterns, and the second on the other sentence types: compound, complex, and compound-complex. These are the foundations of composition, whether fiction or nonfiction. In her article on voice in writing, Darcy Pattison, who argues writers need …

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Compound, complex, and compound-complex sentence types

Sentences have been defined as strings of words that begin with a capital letter and are punctuated with terminal punctuation—something we all recognize (though in a recent post we examined how the period has declined in electronic messages, especially texts). A sentence has also been defined as an independent clause – a word group containing …

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