The Clause

Most writing consists almost entirely of clauses. Good writing will connect, relate and contrast these clauses, so that the transition from one to the next appears seamless. Ultimately, however, each clause must, at the very least, name a subject and describe an action performed by or on that subject, and must place this action in time. Although the nature of the clause may seem technical, an understanding of it and its inner workings is vital to a broad and practical understanding of language. Knowing where one clause finishes and the next one begins will help you to write clearer, more concise sentences, and to link your ideas through conjugation and punctuation. What is a Clause? A clause is a group …

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