Practice It:



Exercise #1: Identifying Clauses Read the following items.
In the text boxes that follow, write the number of clauses that you can find.


  1. Dolores repairs old transmissions.



  2. Each morning before breakfast.



  3. Stella has been working two jobs since the university raised its tuition rates.



  4. Speaking loudly in order to be heard.



  5. Because broken bones must be set in order to heal properly, doctors generally put a cast on the affected area so that the bones remain stationary.




Exercise #2: Identifying Independent Clauses Read the following sentences. In the text boxes that follow, write the number of independent clauses that you can find.

  1. Stella has been working two jobs since the university raised its tuition rates.



  2. Because broken bones must be set in order to heal properly, doctors generally put a cast on the affected area so that the bones remain stationary.



  3. Wolfgang wrote a symphony for Pam, but she didn't like it.



  4. Do you know which trains stop at Times Square?



  5. Because the electric line went down during the hurricane, we had to light candles so that we could see where we were going.




    Exercise #3: Identifying Sentences Read the following items. Do you think the item is a sentence? Why or why not? Write your answer in the text boxes.

    1. In order to capture the colors of the rainbow.



    2. Rachel and Noel are expecting a baby at the end of October.



    3. Because the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.



    4. Although he studied the theories and read the text book the night before the exam, Fred still did not feel confident that he could pass the exam since he had not put any effort into the course until the teacher announced that she was giving a test on all the material.



    5. If we could only convince him to stop smoking!




    Exercise #4: Revising Sentences In the text boxes below, revise the following so that they are sentences.
    1. In a labrynthian, dark passage beneath the enemy camp. The prisoners crawled on their hands and knees until they reached the other side.



    2. The author's argument was unconvincing. In my opinion. It lacked quantitative studies.



    3. The author's argument was unconvincing. Why? Because he did not include quantitative studies.



    4. Fortunately, the mountain climbers have an excellent chance of surviving the blizzard. But only if they begin their descent immediately.



    5. People of all races, religions, and nationalities waiting for peace on earth and goodwill toward all. They will just have to learn to appreciate their differences.




    Exercise #5: Writing Sentences Combine the following nouns in Column A and the verbs in Column B to form subject-verb independent clause pairings. Use these pairings to construct a sentence. You can add other clauses but make sure that the pairings below form the "heart" of your sentence, the independent clause.
    A B
    1. The neighbors argue
    2. My sister lend
    3. A ball  bounce
    4. The movie frighten
    5. The dog smell






    Exercise #6: Writing Sentences Write six sentences about your favorite film. Capitalize the independent clause in each sentence.