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    Hi Teachers!


    I`d like you to answer a few questions about the following sentence[ is this formula correct? What formula is more appropriate when I politely ask teachers to answer my questions?] :


    " Here is what I have found while searching the net".

    1. How many sentences are there in the above sentence?

    2. What is the name of a sentence formed of two or more sentences?[ a compound sentence?]
    3. What is the grammatical function of "searching" in my sentence?
    4.How can I rephrase the last part of my sentence? Could it be:

    a] ",,while I was searching the net"
    b] "while I searched the net"
    and what is the difference between [a] and [b] or which of [a] and[b] is more correct?

    I know that I asked you too many questions but, please, answer the one you feel it`s the most important or the most important to be mentioned.

    Thank you very much in advance.

    Teia

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    Hi, Teia
    Here's my humble opinion:
    " Here is what I have found while searching the net".
    1. How many sentences are there in the above sentence?
    There are 2 clauses.
    2. What is the name of a sentence formed of two or more sentences?[ a compound sentence?]
    I think yes.
    3. What is the grammatical function of "searching" in my sentence?
    An adverbial modifier of time.
    4.How can I rephrase the last part of my sentence? Could it be:
    a] ",,while I was searching the net"
    b] "while I searched the net"
    I think either is possible.
    and what is the difference between [a] and [b] or which of [a] and[b] is more correct?
    To my mind, there's very little, if any, difference. I'd personally prefer a].

    Best wishes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Hi, Teia
    Here's my humble opinion:
    " Here is what I have found while searching the net".
    1. How many sentences are there in the above sentence?
    There are 2 clauses.
    2. What is the name of a sentence formed of two or more sentences?[ a compound sentence?]
    I think yes.
    3. What is the grammatical function of "searching" in my sentence?
    An adverbial modifier of time.
    4.How can I rephrase the last part of my sentence? Could it be:
    a] ",,while I was searching the net"
    b] "while I searched the net"
    I think either is possible.
    and what is the difference between [a] and [b] or which of [a] and[b] is more correct?
    To my mind, there's very little, if any, difference. I'd personally prefer a].

    Best wishes

    Hi Humble

    Thank you for your reply. I am happy with any answer you can give to me. We are here to help each other [ or should I say "one another"?] .
    Here is what I found on this site :

    [Rewboss replied to a somehow similar question ["semi-colon" by Chum] If you don`t mind, I thought it might be useful to you too:

    The term "sentence" is actually very vague. It is a syntactically dependent unit, which has at least one finite verb and a subject (which may be implied). What we usually mean by a sentence is a unit that begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop (period, if you're American), or an exclamation mark or a question mark. A unit that includes a subject and a verb phrase can be usefully called a clause.

    Thus, if we say "Willie sees the bird; Frank hears the noise", we have one sentence with two clauses.

    The semicolon is not a replacement for the colon. Semicolons are used primarily to separate what are called contact clauses.

    We can combine clauses into longer sentences in a number of ways. We can have relative clauses:

    The woman who is wearing the yellow hat is the Duchess.

    We can have subordinate clauses:

    If I had a choice, I wouldn't be here.

    And we can have coordinate clauses:

    Willie sees the bird and Frank hears the noise.

    Coordinate clauses are joined together into longer sentences using a coordinating conjuction: usually "and", "or" or "but". If we omit this conjunction, we have a sentence with two contact clauses -- and that's when we need the semicolon.

    In your second example, you have a conjunction, so you shouldn't use the semicolon: "I felt sick, therefore I stayed home". Again, you can omit the conjunction, and then you get contact clauses: "I felt sick; I stayed at home."

    Using commas instead of semicolons is frowned upon; you get what are called "run-on sentences", and they are considered inelegant and, by some, illiterate.

    Note : The topic, I think, is only somehow similar to my question. I mean, that part of the answer related to "sentence".

    Keep in touch
    Teia

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    Yours is a complex sentence because it consists of an independent clause ('Here is what I have found') and a dependent clause ('while searching the net'). A compound sentence consists or two or more independent clauses, like: 'I came, I saw and I conquered'.

    The dependent clause is a nonfinite clause-- the finite verb (with its subject) has been elided: 'while [I was] searching the net'. The whole clause ('while searching the net') is indeed an adverbial of time; 'searching' itself is the nonfinite verb of the clause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Micawber View Post
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    Yours is a complex sentence because it consists of an independent clause ('Here is what I have found') and a dependent clause ('while searching the net'). A compound sentence consists or two or more independent clauses, like: 'I came, I saw and I conquered'.

    The dependent clause is a nonfinite clause-- the finite verb (with its subject) has been elided: 'while [I was] searching the net'. The whole clause ('while searching the net') is indeed an adverbial of time; 'searching' itself is the nonfinite verb of the clause.
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    Hi Mister Micawber

    Thank you very much for clarifying that.


    Regards,

    Teia

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