phrases and clauses

The Difference Between a Phrase and a Clause

Reading Time: 2 minutes This tutorial is going to show you the basic difference between a phrase and a clause. You will learn how to quickly tell whether a group of words is a phrase or a clause. Here are the pointers to a phrase in a sentence. 1. Two helpful definitions of a phrase could be your starting …

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How to Identify 10 Types of the Adverbial Clause

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Learning to know more about clauses in English can be fun, I’m telling you. Especially when you learn how to identify the various types of the adverbial clause. Just relax and let me show you a simple, direct way to spot an adverbial clause in any sentence. You may also like: How to identify …

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5 Grammatical Functions of the word, “that”

Reading Time: 1 minute   Here are five basic functions the word “that” may perform in a sentence. 1. Subordinating conjunction, introducing a relative/adjectival clause Two examples: Many bloggers that I know are wonderful people. That’s the bird that flew into our office. 2. Subordinating conjunction, introducing a noun/nominal clause Two examples: I believe that everyone has something great …

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Three Determiners That Tell You a Group of Words is Most Likely a Noun Phrase

Reading Time: 4 minutes   It is fairly easy to know which group of words qualifies to be given the grammatical name of a noun phrase if you know all the tricks involved. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you one of the most important ways to identify a noun phrase in any English sentence. The secret …

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