Understanding the formulas

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I have a lot of trouble understanding the relationship between the English formula's and the actual sentences. For example, in school we were asked to write a compound-complex sentence ( compound with a coordinating conjunction, complex with an introductory clause). These types of formulas have perplexed me for years and I have trouble relating them to a real world sentence. If I can understand the formula then I'm sure I can do better in school. Please Help !!!

asked Oct 10 '11 at 14:31 Dan New member

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I am surprised , not to say shocked, that English syntax is still taught that way!  Understanding the formula is of less help to you than following the examples that your grammar book should give you. Imitate the structure of the examples and try not to worry too much about the technical names of the parts.

link comment answered Oct 11 '11 at 08:16 Mark Heyne Contributor

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