Grammar

Which of the following sentences contains a weak clause?

Which of the following sentences contains a weak clause?

  1. She is hungry but she’s not going to eat.
  2. Although she is hungry, she is not going to eat.
  3. She said she is feeling hungry, but she is not going to eat.
  4. After we had lunch she told me she was hungry but wouldn’t eat.

Answer:  ”Although she is hungry, she is not going to eat.” is correct. A weak clause begins with words such as although, since, if, when, and because. Another hallmark of the weak clause is that it can not stand on its own.

What would be considered the dependent clause in the following sentence?

What would be considered the dependent clause in the following sentence?

“The students could finally see the bus, which was running 15 minutes behind schedule.”

  1. running 15 minutes behind schedule
  2. which was running 15 minutes behind schedule
  3. The students could finally see the bus
  4. could finally see the bus

Answer: ”which was running 15 minutes behind schedule” is correct. The dependent clause in a sentence is the part which cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and functions a noun, adjective, or adverb.

Which of the following punctuation marks would best fill in the blank space?

After standing in the rain for nearly half an hour _____ Dawn decided she was not going to wait on Mike any longer.

Which of the following punctuation marks would best fill in the blank space?

  1. A Colon
  2. No punctuation is necessary
  3. A Comma
  4. A Semicolon

Answer: A Comma is the correct answer. In this sentence, the word “after” is a common starter word for the introductory clause and should be followed by a comma. A clause is a group of words that contain both a subject and a predicate and help to form a sentence. Other common starter words that require a comma after the introductory clause include when, while, although, and since.