Although clauses and phrases are just a group of related words, they add more to one’s writings. As it was mentioned somewhere in the reading materials, using such clauses and phrases constitute one’s writing style. Before this course, I thought that being clear and short makes a successful writer. This can be a criterion for best writings; however, elaboration is also needed. The first journal writing in week 4 helps me extend and enrich my sentences using adjective and adverbial clauses.
In your writing journal, begin to practice building sentences with adjective and adverbial clauses. As in Unit 3, you may find it helpful to be observing a scene in nature while you compose sentences. Using the lists associated with each of these types of clauses, write at least three (3) sentences including adjective clauses and three (3) sentences including adverbial clauses. Underline the adjective and adverbial clauses. Consider their function in both as a modifier and an aspect of your writing style.
- No particular scenes!
Sentences including Adjective Clauses:
- Debbie, who is my best friend from Argentina, needs my help to create a wiki.
- Google+, which is like Facebook, has become a powerful tool for connecting.
- I’m thinking of an island where I can find no human touches.
- I never forget the day when I received my first prize.
Sentences including Adverbial Clauses:
- Although I don’t like my writings, I never give up.
- Unless I keep posting, I won’t be a good writer.
- I prefer to listen to a podcast rather than reading instructions.
- I can’t stop once I start writing.
As you see in the sentences above, using these clauses can add more to a piece of writing. Instead of expressing ideas so shortly, we can add more details to make them clearer and better for understanding, or complete the whole picture. Let’s see what can phrases also do?