Collocation

Alphabets create words. Words form sentences. Some words go along together better compared to other words. This is known as collocation. For example, academic research, fast food, prince charming, et cetera. If collocations are used in sentences, then they form better sentences. In corpus linguistics, a collocation is a sequence of words or terms that …

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Clauses

English language follows the Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) order. The verb is most important, since without it no sentence can be formed. A sentence may be divided in two parts - Subject and Predicate. The Subject part contains the Subject, and the Predicate part contains the Verb and the Object. A typical clause consists of a subject …

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Exercise: Clauses

An independent clause (or main clause) is a clause that can stand by itself as a simple sentence. An independent clause contains a subject and a predicate and makes sense by itself. A dependent clause (or subordinate clause) is a clause that cannot stand by itself as a sentence. To stand, it has to depend …

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Coordinating Conjunctions

Conjunctions are used to connect words, phrases or clauses. They are also called as linking words or joiner words. The main types of conjunctions are Coordinating Conjunctions, Subordinating Conjunctions and Correlative Conjunctions. Coordinating Conjunctions These conjunctions are: for, and, nor/not, but, or, yet, and so. An easy way to remember them is to use the …

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How to make Compound-Complex & Complex-Compound Sentences

A compound-complex sentence combines a compound sentence and a complex sentence. A complex-compound sentence combines a complex sentence and a compound sentence. For example, let us consider three sentences as follows: Cindy was very busy. She finished her assignments. She was late. Compound sentence (use coordinating conjunctions) Cindy was very busy, yet she finished her …

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Exercise: Complex Sentence

A complex sentence is made up of an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses connected to it by a subordinating conjunction. Subordinating Conjunctions after although as as if as though because before even though except that if in case in that now that once since so so that than that though unless until …

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Exercise: Coordinating Conjunctions

Fill in the blanks with coordinating conjunctions: for/ and/ not/ but/ or/ yet/ so 1. They were exhausted ______ famished. 2. I haven't seen him ______. 3. He scored well, ______ he just missed the highest grade. 4. She remains glued to her phone, ______ hours and hours. 5. To what extent, then, after all, …

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