Sunday – November 19, 2017

OWL Writing Tips - Basic Sentence Patterns

Simple sentences: 

  • Independent clause.

Compound sentences:

  •  Independent clause, coordinating conjunction independent clause.
    • , and
    • , nor
    • , but
    • , so
    • , for
    • , yet
    • , or
  • Independent clause; independent clause.
  • Independent clause; independent clause marker, independent clause.
    • ; however,
    • ; nevertheless,
    • ; therefore,
    • ; consequently, (etc.)

Complex sentences:

  • Dependent marker dependent clause, independent clause.
    • Because
    • Since
    • If
    • When
    • While
    • After
  • Independent clause dependent marker dependent marker.
  • because
    • since
    • if
    • when
    • while
    • after (etc.)
  • Subject dependent clause verb/predicate.
  • Use commas before and after the dependent clause if it is nonessential.