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Students should already be familiar with:

  • parts of speech

  • simple sentence structure

  • linking words

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What Are Clauses?

Before we get into relative clauses, condition clauses, and more, it's a good idea to explore exactly what a clause is.

Understanding clauses helps you avoid a lot of mistakes; it also allows you to create complex sentences.

 
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Relative Clauses

Relative clauses let you put additional information together in one sentence and can improve the flow of your speech or writing.

Here's an overview of how non-defining Relative Clauses are used, as well as 4 steps to creating them.

 
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Adverbial Clauses

Time Clauses, Clauses of Purpose and Result, Concession Clauses, Condition Clauses, and all the rest have a lot in common with Prepositional Phrases!

 
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Condition Clauses

These sentences combine possible condition clauses with result clauses; they express the cause and effect together (whether real or unreal).

 
 
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The Clauses Guide includes:

Prerequisites in more detail

Printouts: 

  • Coordinating Conjunctions Diagram

  • Subordinating Conjunctions

  • Table of Conditionals

  • Steps to Forming Relative Clauses

Slideshows for each video

Ancillary Topic on Restrictive Relative Clauses

over 50 Bonus Notes such as:

  • Run-ons are not necessarily long; they’re just missing conjunctions.

  • Modifiers can be ‘essential’ to the meaning, but not to the structure.

Related Language Insights like Can You End a Sentence with a Preposition?

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