CLAUSES, AUXILIARIES, AND MODALS

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CLAUSES, AUXILIARIES, AND MODALS

CLAUSES

MEANING

Clauses is a word-group that consist of a subject and a verb that stay in connection with each other, related to each other. Due to this relatedness between both subject and verb, the information about the subject is provided here.

POINTS TO REMEMBER

  • A sentence can have one clause or even more than one clause.
  • A clause should have a connected/linked the subject and a verb.
  • The structure of clauses can be defined in various ways as they play many roles in the English language.

TYPES OF CLAUSES

Independent Clauses

Independent clauses are unique sentences as they are short and simple sentences.

Dependent Clauses

Dependent Clauses are completely opposite to Independent Clauses. Another name for Dependent Clauses is Subordinate Clauses. The Dependent Clause, as the name suggests is dependent on the independent clauses.

AUXILIARIES

MEANING

In the clause, the meaning to the main verb is added by an auxiliary. Thus, we can say that auxiliaries add meaning to the main verb. Auxiliaries are used to show details about mood, tenses, numbers, and person. Some auxiliary verbs are be, have, do, can, could, may, might, shall, should, will, would, must, ought to, used to, need, and dare.

EXAMPLES

  • I think I will have to drop my degree.
  • We can do this better.
  • This may be done by the assigned group.
  • She should have participated.

MODALS

MEANING

Verbs like can, could, may, might, will, would, shall, should, must, and ought are called modals or modal verbs. Modals are placed before ordinary verbs. They express details about permission, possibility, certainty, and necessity. Sometimes, we can also use words like need and dare as modal verbs. Remember that usually, modals are added in the auxiliaries’ group. This is the reason why they are also called modal auxiliaries.

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