7. Clause Elements and Structure – Part 1
Unlike parts of speech which assign functions to words and phrases independent of each other, syntax of a clause assigns role to phrases with regard to verb as the central part. Let’s examine the following clause to understand clause structure and its elements. Your mother gave me some moneyto buy bread on my way back from tuition class. Parts of this sentence: 1) your mother, 2) gave me, 3) some money, 4) to buy bread, 5) on my way back from tuition class are called clause elements and sequence of 1,2,3,4,5 define clause structure. Any other sequence will make the sentence grammatically incorrect
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