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Sunday, February 25, 2007


Use the type of clause or phrase indicated to complete the following sentence:

... I appreciate having a long weekend in February.

1. Use a phrase to start the sentence.
2. Use a dependent clause to start the sentence.
3. Use an independent clause to start the sentence.

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Irena said...

1. Having long and cold winter for past 6 months, I appreciate having a long weekend in February.
2. Since winter in Canada is long, I appreciate having a long weekend in February.
3. Winter in Canada is long and cold, so I appreciate having a long weekend in February.

Veronica Baig said...

Irena: When you use a structure starting with a gerund, you must be careful to ensure that it has a subject--otherwise you have a dangling modifier! The second sentence is good, however in the 3rd one, by using "so" you have turned the main (independent) clause into a dependent one.

Irena said...

Hi Veronica,
I think I have trouble understanding
how to connect two independent sentences and still keep them independent.Is the conjunction "and"the only conjunction that I can do this with? I was referring to Chart 16-3 pg. 355 in Student book.If I use other conjunctions like but,or,nor as well so,for and yet,will make one of the sentences dependent.

Veronica Baig said...

There are 7 coordinating conjunctions that can be used to join two independent clauses:
(Notice that the first letter spells FANBOYS)
Another aid to memorization is:
An Old Yellow Book Feels So New.
Be careful, because some of these words may also function as subordinating conjunctions.