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Recognize function and form
► How does a clause differ from a sentence? ▼ Clause
Clause vs. Sentence
- A clause
- may stand alone as a sentence. The leaves were colorful.
- may be part of another clause:
- as the subject: That the leaves were so colorful was surprising.
- as a complement to the verb: We saw that the leaves were colorful.
- as a modifier to a noun (a dependent of the noun): The leaves which were colorful lay on the ground.
- may be a coordinate of and, but or or:
- We saw that the leaves were colorful and that they were falling.
- We don't know exactly what causes the color change or why they fall.
- A sentence
- may be composed of one or more clauses and ideas.
- includes punctuation, which clarifies how we interpret added information (linked words, quoted speech, nonrestrictive clauses, add-on comments.
- is mostly a concept of writing.
- may be artfully composed for poetic or emotional impact.
- is usually part of a larger piece of writing or verbal exchange. See Spoken vs. Written
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