Lindsey’s Pregnant Father

Grammar reared its ugly head again today, but only after a lockdown drill. You know how much we love those.
The penguin is wearing a bikini.

We started with complex sentences. A complex sentence contains one independent clause plus one or more dependent clauses. We focused on noun clauses today, but there is a little information on adjective and adverb clauses below as well.

  • Noun clause: a dependent clause that takes the place of a noun in a sentence (can serve as a subject, object, complement, or appositive). It can be replaced with a pronoun.

What Sheila wanted most was a cup of tea with honey.

Interrogatives: Who whoever, whom, whomever, whose, that, which, which, whose, when where, why, how

Expletives: If, that, whether, whether or not

Appositives are nouns or noun structures that stand in apposition (adjacent) to the noun it renames or identifies. If usually follows the noun it renames and is usually surrounded by commas.

Max, my cat, suffers from arthritis.

To diagram a noun clause, we need a tower or pedestal. “( ^ )” I would actually draw it out, but I just don’t want to. The tower of pedestal includes the carrot along with a vertical line connecting a horizontal line. Just see one of the diagrams from CNN that I posted a while back.

Oh, and don’t look for absolutes. A conjunction can be an expletive or an adverb can become a noun at any time. You have to pay attention to the usage.

  • Adverb clause: a dependent clause that takes the place of an adverb in a sentence (when, where, why, how, for what purpose, under what condition)
  • Relative clause (or adjective clause): a dependent clause that takes the place of an adjective in a sentence (which one, what kind)

Homework tonight is to finish Of Mice and Men. Notice the parallel structure between chapters 1 and 6.

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One Response to “Lindsey’s Pregnant Father”

  1. I just have to say I love the title of this entry. I also think the second sentence is hilarious. That is all. 🙂

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