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How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Roarstor » Fri May 17, 2019 5:44 pm

Hi, I'm working on some previous exam tasks (imgur link below). One of the questions seem to mix phrases and clauses in its questions, and I'm stuck trying to figure out a way to differentiate which are phrases and which are clauses.

If I figure that out, then maybe I'll be able figure out WHAT type of phrases or clauses they are.

Anyway, cheers!

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Re: How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Joe » Sat May 18, 2019 2:06 am

A clause is like a mini-sentence inside a sentence. It has its own subject and predicate. Put more simply, a clause must have a (finite) verb.

So "all winter" cannot be a clause; it's just a phrase. Whereas "that he made" is a clause.

This may help on phrases:
https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/sen ... hrases.htm
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Re: How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Roarstor » Sat May 18, 2019 7:03 am

Thank you for the explanation and the link!

Would this be correct in terms of the sentences in the previous exam?
(It's of course not answering the specific questions of the previous exam, but I need to be able to tell phrases from clauses to answer it properly, so I'll have to start somewhere :-))

(i) clause (all these many beautiful poems)
(ii) phrase (when in Rome)
(iii) clause (that he made)
(iv) clause (that the earth is flat)
(v) phrase (sorry for this)
(vi) phrase (to go to bed early)
(vii) phrase (all winter)
(viii) phrase (in the Arctic Ocean)
(ix) phrase (you)
(x) clause (what he is saying)

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Re: How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Joe » Sat May 18, 2019 8:24 am

All seems ok except i
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Re: How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Roarstor » Sat May 18, 2019 8:26 am

I'm at least some what on the right track then. Thanks again.

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Re: How to differentiate phrases and clauses?

Post by Joe » Sat May 18, 2019 9:06 am

Ok good luck 😉
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