By: Abby Weeden and Brooke Smith
Climbing the tree, the monkey reached the banana.
Climbing is the participial and banana is the noun/object. Functions as an adjective.
Sherry, the grandma with the fro, jumped into the pool.
Sherry is the noun. in between the 2 commas is the appositive phrase. The phrase is identifying the noun. If the phrase is taken out it is still a sentence.
Simple sentences (Independent Clause)
Sam is the speaker for the play.
Sam is the subject and "the play" is the predicate it's identifying the noun. It is one independent clause.
Compound Sentences (Independent Clauses)
Mary ate 2 apples, while john only ate 1.
Mary and john are the subjects. Comma and while is what combines them. If the comma and while were taken out there would be 2 sentences remaining.
Complex Sentences (Independent and Dependent Clauses)
While John went to the supermarket, Ann stayed home
Kalie had volleyball practice while Jack had soccer practice.
In the first sentence John and Ann are the subjects. Since the dependent clause came before the independent then there had to be a comma. In the second sentence there wasn't a need for a comma since the independent started off the sentence.
Good sentences always have these things!
Always need a Good Teacher
Having a teacher that knows what they're talking about is the best way to learn. If your teacher sits around giving out worksheets then you aren't learning in the best way.
Always make sure that we understand. Sometimes it may seem that we understand when we don't. Normally that doesn't happen if your teacher understands you. You need all of these to be good at sentences.