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What are the four sentence functions

Interrogative
Exclamatory
Imperative
Declarative

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What are Interrogative sentences

Sentences which ask questions
WM - usually used for direct address to the reader/audience
SM - can be a way of making a command more polite ("could you open the window?")

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What are Exclamatory sentences

Sentences which display emphatic stress.
Can be used with an addition of an exclamation mark!
"I've got to read HAMLET by next week!"

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What are Imperative sentences

Sentences which give some sort of instruction, such as: orders, warnings, advice, invitation, commands etc...
They usually begin with a verb and omit the subject
"Read Hamel by Next week."
"Have a drink and go to bed."

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What are Declarative sentences

Sentences used to make statements.
Have a usual syntax order of: subject-verb-object
Information, narrative and descriptive texts rely heavily on these.
"I have read all of Hamlet"

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Simple sentences

Contains only one (main) clause.
e.g. "animals are all equal"

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Compound sentences

Contain two or more main clauses (simple sentences).
These are usually joined together by a conjunction, such as:
"and", "but", or "or"
e.g. "He called for his pipe and he called for his bowl"

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Qualities of compound sentences

Each clause could function on it's own as an independent simple sentence

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Co-ordinating conjunctions

"and", "but" or "or" - the words used to link together the different clauses within a compound sentence.

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Complex sentences

Contain one main clause and one or more subordinating clauses (dependant clause).
e.g. "What happens when you come to the beginning?"

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Qualities of complex sentences

The subordinating clause has less importance to the sentence than the main clause.
The subordinating clause could not exist or make sense on its own.

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How to identify a complex sentence and its subordinate clause

Look for the subordinating conjunctions

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What are subordinating conjunctions

Words such as:
because, when, after, although, as, except
Expressions such as:
in order to, so that, as though, rather than

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What can subordinate clauses sometimes occur as?

A minor sentence (which are quite common in SM)

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What is a minor sentence

A sentence which does not conform to regular pattern of subject + verb.
They are not made up of clauses or they use them in abnormal ways

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Examples of minor sentences

-Exclamations and Interjections
"oh my! what a day!"
-Headings and signs
"The Science Museum" "Where to eat in York"
-Abbreviated forms
"Wish you were here"
-Greetings, replies and social formulas
"Good morning" "Fine, thanks"
-Proverbial sayings
"like father, like son"

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Common types of subordinating clauses

-introduced by "that"
-introduced by a "wh-" word
-Adverbial clauses
-Relative clauses

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Subordinating clause introduced by "that"

the clause acts as the object of the sentence
"I thought that the journey was slow"

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Subordinating clause introduced by a "wh-" word

Words such as 'what', 'when', 'who', 'whether'
"he told me what he wanted"

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Adverbial clauses

Modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs
Act as adverbials and usually explain why, where or when something happened. They are introduced by conjunctions such as:
before, until, while, because, since
"she left before I arrived"

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Relative clauses

They modify the noun in the sentence, this also usually follows the nouns that they modify.
Usually include relative pronouns, such as: who, whose, which, that
"The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world."
Sometimes they don't have an introductory pronoun
"this is the house that jack built"

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Types of relative clauses

restrictive
non-restrictive

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Restrictive relative clauses

Restrictive - narrow down the range of possibilities
"The man who lives next door gets up early" ('the man' is being distinguished between other possible men)

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Types of adverbial clause

- adverbial clause of time: when, whenever, since, as, until
"as dad came in I jumped from behind the door"
-adverbial clause of manner: as if, as
"He stared at me, as if there was something on my face"
-adverbial clause of place: where, wherever
"she'll find it wherever it may be"
-adverbial clause of condition: if, unless
"I'll call if I get the job"
-adverbial clause of concession: although, though, however
"although the evidence is against you, i'll accept the story"

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Combinations of different Clauses (7)

S+V
S+V+O
S+V+O+O
S+V+C
S+V+O+C
S+V+A
S+V+O+A
(s=subject, v=verb, o=object, c=complement, a=adverbial)

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What elements make up a clause

usually contains a verb phrase as well as other types of phrases.
Has 5 different elements:
subject, verb, object, complement, adverbial

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What is the subject of a clause

The main subject or thing that the clause is about.
The subject performs the action which is described in the clause.
Usually comes before the verb

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What is the verb of a clause

The second element of the clause, usually follows the subject.
This is the action which is taking place in the clause

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What is the object of a clause

Usually follows the verb and is the thing in the clause which the action has been done to.

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What is the complement of a clause

Provides more information about either the subject or the object within the clause.

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What is the adverbial of a clause

Provides extra information (usually added in optionally for extra)
Most often found at the end of the clause but can be placed at any point in the clause.
Takes form in the following kinds:
1. time (when or how often something happened)
2. place (where something happened)
3. manner (how something happened)

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What is a finite clause

A clause that contains a finite verb, which indicates tense, person and number
"she went"

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What is a non-finite clause

A clause that contains a non-finite verb - such as a participle
"walking down the road"

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A single clause can form a....

simple sentence

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What does the subject of the sentence tell us

What the sentence is about.
it can take form of: a noun, pronoun, noun phrase or clause

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What does the verb of the sentence tell us

What the action of the sentence is.
Can take form of: a verb, verb phrase. and can either be a finite or infinite verb.

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What does the object of the sentence tell us

Usually comes after the verb and is usually the receiver of the action.
can be: a noun, pronoun, noun phrase or clause

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Which elements of a clause are essential

subject, verb, object - (with a transitive verb)

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Which elements of a clause are optional

adverbials
the subject can be omitted in passive voice

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Non-restrictive relative clauses

add information
"The postman, who lives next door, gets up early" ('who lives next door' provides more information about the postman)