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Introductory Clauses/phrases????

Posted: Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:34 pm
by awrang
what are Introductory Clauses and Introductory Phrases
would you mind telling me the definition and giving me some example of these two? :?:

Re: Introductory Clauses/phrases????

Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:03 am
by ProfessorVerb
awrang wrote:what are Introductory Clauses and Introductory Phrases
would you mind telling me the definition and giving me some example of these two? :?:
According to the Pursue Writing Center (I use this site all the time) at ... maint.html,
Introductory clauses are dependent clauses that provide background information or "set the stage" for the main part of the sentence, the independent clause. For example:

If they want to win, athletes must exercise every day. (introductory dependent clause, main clause)
Because he kept barking insistently, we threw the ball for Smokey. (introductory dependent clause, main clause)
Clue: Introductory clauses start with adverbs like after, although, as, because, before, if, since, though, until, when, etc.

The English Club also has some good information on these subjects at ... nating.htm.

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Posted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 5:19 pm
by awrang
thank you very very much Proffesor!!!! :D :)

Re: Introductory Clauses/phrases????

Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:14 am
by sanjaySinha
Both clauses and phrases are basic components of writing sentences. When combined with other parts of speech and other parts of sentences, clauses and phrases help build an intricate system through which your words convey meaning. Understanding the difference between the two is vital to write grammatically correct and properly constructed sentences.

What is Phrasal Verb?

Phrasal Verb is a combination of two words - Phrasal + verb. In these, Verb is important. When any Preposition or Adverb uses with Verb, it makes Phrasal Verb.
For example: Break and Out

The meaning of break is different and Out is different.
But when we will use Break + Out together, it creates a new word with the combination of Break + Out - Breakout, which meaning is different. That is Phrasal Verb.

If you want to read the complete blog about phrasal verbs, please visit:

What is Clauses?

A clause is a group of words that can act as a sentence but is not necessarily a complete sentence on its own. All clauses contain both a subject and a predicate, which always contains a verb. A predicate tells something about what the subject is doing. Some clauses can stand alone as a complete sentence; others cannot. Below are a few examples of clauses:

Example 1: She danced. (“She” is the subject. “Danced” is both the verb and the predicate. Even though the clause is only two words, it functions as an independent clause because it can stand alone as a sentence.)

Example 2: While she is dancing, the audience cannot tear its eyes off her.

In Example 2, there are actually two clauses. The first “while she is dancing” contains a subject (she) and a predicate (is dancing), but it cannot stand alone as a sentence, making it a dependent clause. The second clause, “the audience cannot tear its eyes off her,” contains a subject (the audience) and a predicate (tear its eyes off her), and because it can function as a sentence on its own, it is an independent clause

After watching this video you will understand the basics of clauses properly.

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