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    Question Clauses or Phrase

    I saw a letter and opened it, but I do not read it.
    ""Opened it" is a clause or phrase.
    As for as my knowledge is concern, it is a phrase because it has predicate, but no subject. In two video lessons, they called it clause.
    Please clear my doubt about it.
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    Last edited by modessir; 04-May-2016 at 16:11. Reason: correction

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    'I' is the subject of 'saw a letter' and of 'opened it'.

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    Thanks Sir,
    I will eat bananas and drink juices.
    It has two clause or one clause please explain.

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    There are two finite verbs and therefore two clauses, in my opinion. The same word functions as the subject of both clauses.
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-May-2016 at 18:45. Reason: added 'in my opinion'.

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by modessir View Post
    I saw a letter and opened it, but I do not read it.
    Is "Opened it" is a clause or phrase? (.)
    As far for as my knowledge is concerned (but "As far as I know" is better), it is a phrase because it has a predicate, but no subject. In two video lessons, they called it a clause.
    Please clear my uncertainty doubt about it.
    Thanks​.
    You wrote "Opened it" is a clause or a phrase. This is a statement, not a question. To form a question, you have to invert the subject and verb and end with a question mark.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    In the backyard, the dog barked and howled at the cat.
    How many clauses we have in it?

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    If you have read my earlier responses, then you can work out the answer.
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-May-2016 at 18:43. Reason: spacing

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    #8

    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    This is an area where grammarians can disagree, I think.
    I would have said one clause with a compound predicate.
    But I also would defer to Piscean 99 times out of 100 on matters of pure "grammar" - so perhaps I'm wrong (wouldn't be the first time), but perhaps there are simply different ways to define something?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    Two finite verbs mean two clauses.
    But I am still confused about it.

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    Re: Clauses or Phrase

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    This is an area where grammarians can disagree, I think.
    I would have said one clause with a compound predicate.
    But I also would defer to Piscean 99 times out of 100 on matters of pure "grammar"


    When it comes to this type of clause analysis, there are several schools of thought. I should have added 'in my opinion' to my post.

    ps. I have just gone back and done that.
    Last edited by Piscean; 04-May-2016 at 18:47. Reason: ps added.

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