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Sentences are the largest complete and independent units of grammar, containing a verb that can stand on its own. In English, a sentence will always begin with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark, which can be a full stop [.], an exclamation mark [!] or a question mark [?].
There are four basic sentence structures:
So we looked at sentences and clauses so far and at some elements of syntax. But now the question is how exactly do we build a great sentence – one that is a pleasure for the reader to read and the listener to receive? Because sentences are sequences of words, but just adding words together does not create a sentence.
For the meaning of our ideas
to make sense to the receiver of our message, we need to have what is called a proposition, in the sense of a
statement about reality that can be accepted or rejected by the receiver. [Read more]
Having said that the minimum a sentence must contain is the subject and the predicate (verb), we do have exceptions, like the verbless sentence, (also called broken sentence, minor sentence) which is a construction that lacks a verb but still functions as a sentence.
Examples are: [No problem.], [No comment.], [O.K.], [I hope the market improves]+[It better.]
We can also encounter verbless clauses, which are clause-like constructions in which a verb element is implied but not present. Such clauses are usually adverbial, and the omitted verb is a form of be.
[The jury believed the prisoner innocent] = [The jury believed [the prisoner to be innocent.]]
[Whenever in trouble, he used to call his best friend.] = [Whenever he was in trouble, [he used to call his best friend.]]
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Lots of lessons: cause & effect, comparisons, linking signals, relative clauses, presenting information, expressing emotions and grammar games, of course. We had more lessons on: intensifying adverbs and phrasal verbs, expressing various concepts such as addition, exception, restriction and ambiguity. Lately we started some exercises: likes/dislikes, frequency adverbs (twice), verb tenses, etc.
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We looked at a few games by now: Countable & uncountable nouns, Free Rice, Name That Thing, Spell It, Spelloween, the Phrasal Verbs Game, Preposition Desert, The Sentence Game, Word Confusion, Word Wangling, Buzzing Bees, and The Verb Viper Game.
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