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Spellbinding Sentences by Barbara Baig

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Chapter 12

Extending the Basic Sentence

Only connect.

—E.M. Forster

So far we have been fooling around with techniques that allow us to elaborate a single kernel sentence by adding to it words or phrases that act as modifiers, either bound or free. Now let’s turn to another essential way of adding more material to a single sentence: by combining it with other sentences. In order to learn how to do this, we need to add one more grammatical term to our vocabulary: the word clause.

Extending the Basic Sentence 1: Adding Together Independent Clauses

An independent clause is a group of words that can stand alone as a complete sentence; that is, it contains both a subject and a predicate. The sentences we have been constructing so far are all independent ...

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