08 June 2007

Sentence to Explain (from Assignment #7)

Consider the following sentence from Guts:

I had taken a stroke with the paddle just as I saw her, and while I was smiling the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away. (Paulsen, 2001, p. 42)

Using grammar that we have discussed in this course, explain what you see in this sentence.

16 comments:

Shuenn Kheng said...

This is a compound-complex sentence because it has two independent clause and two dependent clauses. The first independent clause is “I had taken a stroke with the paddle” and the second independent clause is “the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away”. The subordinator between the two independent clauses is “and”. The first dependent clause is “just as I saw her” and the second dependent clause is “while I was smiling”.

Chantal Melo said...

This is a compound-complex sentence because it contains two independent clauses and two dependent clauses.

Zhiling Zeng said...

There are two independent clauses and two dependent clauses in this sentence. The first independent clause is “I had taken a stroke with the paddle.” The pronoun “I” functions as the subject and “had taken” functions as the verb. The second independent clause in this sentence is “the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away.” The common noun “canoe” functions as the subject and “drifted” functions as the verb. The first dependent clause in this sentence is “just as I saw her.” The pronoun “I” functions as the subject and “saw” functions as the verb. The second dependent clause in this sentence is “while I was smiling.” The pronoun “I” functions as the subject and “was smiling” functions as the verb. Coordinator in this sentence is “and” and subordinators in this sentence are “as” and “while.” Therefore, this sentence is a compound-complex sentence.

chinyin said...

This sentence is compound-complex sentence because it has two independent clauses that are “I had taken…the paddle,” and “the canoe drifted close to her-not four feet away,” and two dependent clauses that are “just as I saw her,” and “while I was smiling.” “And” is coordinator; “as” and “while” are subordinators.

AndresPeralta said...

This sentence is an example of a compound-complex sentence because it has two independent clauses which are “I had taken a stroke with the paddle”, and “while I was smiling the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away”, one dependent clause which is “just as I saw her”, and a coordinator which is “and”.

Minh-Duyen said...

This is compound and complex sentence, because it has two independent clause and two dependent clause.

Long said...

This is a compound-complex sentence because it has two independent clause and two dependent clause. The first independent clause was "I had taken a stroke with the paddle", and the second independent clause was "the canoe drifted close to her-not for feet away". The first dependent was "just as I saw her", and the second clause was "while I was smiling". All of this clauses are joined with a coodinator "and" within the sentence.

D*n@t3ll@ said...

This is a complex sentence because it contains one independent clause and two dependent clauses joined by two subordinating conjunctions, such as "as" and "while."the first dependent clause is "I had taken a stroke with the paddle just as", the independent clause is "I saw her," and the second dependent conjunction is "and while I was smiling the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away."

syed m hasan said...

This is a compound complex sentence because it contains two independent and two dependent clauses.'I had taken a stroke with the paddle' is the first independent clause.'the canoe drifted close to her' is the second independent clause. ' I saw her' is the first dependent clause and 'I was smiling ' is the second dependent clause .

Alex-Jude said...

There are four subject-verb combinations in this sentence: "I has taken... I saw... I was smiling... canoe drifted..."

For this sentence, it forms two independent clauses and two dependent clauses.

Two independent clauses are connected by using coordinating conjucntion "I had taken..., and...canoe drifted..."

For the two dependent clauses, the words "as" and "while" are adverbial clauses.

This sentence is Compound-Complex because there are two independent clauses and two dependent clauses

Cha said...

This is a compound-complex sentence because there are two independent clauses and two dependent clauses joined by two subordinators “as” and “while” and one coordinator “and".

thao nguyen said...

This is a complex sentence because it has one independent clause( I had taken....the paddle) and two independent clause( just as I ...feet away)

Sentenceguy said...

Consider this sentence that appears above:

This is compound and complex sentence, because it has two independent clause and two dependent clause.

What's incorrect in this sentence? How should the sentence be written?

Sentenceguy said...

Consider this explanation that appears above:

This sentence is an example of a compound-complex sentence because it has two independent clauses which are “I had taken a stroke with the paddle”, and “while I was smiling the canoe drifted close to her – not four feet away”, one dependent clause which is “just as I saw her”, and a coordinator which is “and”.

What is the primary difficulty here and how can it be corrected?

0091 said...

This is an example of a componud- complex sentence. It contains two independent clauses: "I had taken a stroke with the paddle" and "the canoe drifted close to her". The two dependent clause are "just as I saw her", and "while i was smiling".

euphrasie said...

Four subject verb combination in this sentence which leads us to four clauses with two independent as the first one is “I had taken a stroke with the paddle” and the second one “and the canoe drifted close to her”. And with two other dependent clauses “as I saw her” and “while I was smiling” this sentence is the perfect example of a compound complex sentence.