Grammar Conventions Can Be Defined As A Series Of Generally Accepted Standards For Written English

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GRAMMAR

Introduction to Grammar Conventions

Conventions can be defined as a series of generally accepted standards for written English. We use these specific conventions so that our writing is more readable and so that our readers can easily discern what we are trying to say. There are four main categories that a convention may fall under: sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. In this chapter you will find information regarding these four conventions, along with additional information about writing style and tone, as well as some helpful explanations regarding homonyms and other confusing words that exist in the English language.

Phrases and Clauses

Phrases and clauses are both used as basic building block components for forming sentences. When combined with grammar conventions, phrases and clauses allow you to write meaningful text that can be easily understood. Understanding the difference between the two is extremely important in order to write properly constructed sentences.

Clauses
A clause is a group of words that can act as a sentence, but that may not necessarily be able to act as a complete sentence on its own. All clauses contain a subject, a predicate, and a verb. The difference between these three components will be distinguished in the examples below. In order to be able to identify clauses, you should also know that there are four main types of clauses: independent, dependent, relative, and noun.

Independent clauses

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