Welcome back. This is day 8 of our series on using punctuation and capitalization. I hope you are ready to learn because we are going to learn about some other ways we can use commas. Let’s get started!
Day 8, Lesson 8
What is a dependent clause?
A dependent clause is a group of related words that cannot stand alone.
It is not a complete sentence.
It does however have a subject and verb.
What does nonrestrictive mean?
Nonrestrictive: Not essential to the meaning of the sentence.
How do we set off nonrestrictive dependent clauses?
Set them off within or at the end of a sentence.
(Examples of the right and wrong way to do this.)
Wrong way…The taxi arrived, at 12, before I was ready to leave.
Right way…The taxi arrived at 12, before I was ready to leave.
Wrong way…Jamie’s first book which sold a million copies, is out of print.
Right way…Jamie’s first book, which sold a million copies, is out of print.
Wrong way…She went to New York, to see her father, who is a famous artist.
Right way…She went to New York to see her father, who is a famous artist.
It is important not to set off a restrictive (essential) dependent clause.
(Examples of right and wrong way to do this.)
Wrong way…We mailed the letter, before you changed your address.
Right way…We mailed the letter before you changed your address.
Wrong way…The story I published on Monday, has not been read.
Right way… The story I published on Monday has not been read.
Wrong way…All students who belong to the drama club, will be excused at 1.
Right way…All students who belong to the drama club will be excused at 1.
Thank you for taking the time to learn with me on this very exciting subject that benefits us all. I hope you will come learn with me tomorrow as we will be learning about comas.
This is a series you won’t want to miss. Daily (except weekends and holidays) I will review aspects of punctuation and then capitalization. We will learn when and where to use them properly. So if you are a teacher,student or just want a
review, check with me daily to collect the entire series.
Flipper! book published by Jack Cushman. Copyright 2000
No direct quotes were taken from the book.