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    SFG: Clause boundaries - Participle phrases

    I'm confused as to whether participle phrases are considered to be dependent clauses in SFG.

    For instance, I would analyse the following as consisting of 1 independent clause, followed by 2 dependent clauses.

    (1) Jimmy is studying history, planting seeds in the garden and helping out at the voluntary center.

    I know the above sentence doesn't make sense, but I was confused because in the instance of participle phrases, the subject is elliptical.

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    Re: SFG: Clause boundaries - Participle phrases

    Welcome to the forum, WCD1903.

    What's SFG?

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    Re: SFG: Clause boundaries - Participle phrases

    I don't know what SFG is, but traditionally, phrases are not considered clauses.

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    Re: SFG: Clause boundaries - Participle phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by WCD1903 View Post
    (1) Jimmy is studying history, planting seeds in the garden and helping out at the voluntary center.
    There are no dependent clauses or participle phrases in that question. What you have is: Jimmy is studying history, ((and) Jimmy is) planting seeds in the garden and (Jimmy is) helping out at the voluntary centre.

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