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Chapter 13. Sentence and Sensibility > Sentence Structure: The Fab Four - Pg. 127

Sentence and Sensibility The subject of the sentence is still Mr. Frog. 127 To find the subject in a sentence that starts with here or there, use the same strategy you learned for questions: Rewrite the sentence to place the subject first. Sentence Structure: The Fab Four In Chapter 12, you learned that there are two types of clauses: independent and dependent. Recall that independent clauses are complete sentences because they have a subject and verb and ex- press a complete thought. Dependent clauses, in contrast, cannot stand alone because they do not express a complete thought--even though they have a subject and a verb. Independent and de- pendent clauses can be used in a number of ways to form the four basic types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. Time to make their acquaintance. Simple Sentences: Simple Isn't as Simple Does A simple sentence has one independent clause. That means it has one subject and one verb-- although either or both can be compound. In addition, a simple sentence can have adjectives and adverbs. What a simple sentence can't have is another independent clause or any subordinate clauses. For example: · Americans eat more bananas than they eat any other fruit. one subject, one verb · David Letterman and Jay Leno host talk shows. compound subject, one verb · My son toasts and butters his bagel.