# Could You Identify The Connecting Clauses? Trivia Quiz

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Connecting Clauses

• 1.

### Which of the following statements shows two independent clauses connected by coordinating conjunction?

• A.

After Harry lost his dog Spike, his mom bought him a new puppy.

• B.

Paulie went arrived at school late because he missed the bus.

• C.

Susan would like to be a successful dancer and dance in New York.

• D.

Orlando was determined to be a basketball player, so he practiced every day.

D. Orlando was determined to be a basketball player, so he practiced every day.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Orlando was determined to be a basketball player, so he practiced every day." This statement shows two independent clauses connected by the coordinating conjunction "so." The first independent clause is "Orlando was determined to be a basketball player," and the second independent clause is "he practiced every day." The coordinating conjunction "so" connects these two independent clauses to show a cause-and-effect relationship.

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• 2.

### Which of the following statements shows a subordinating conjunction connecting a dependent clause and an independent clause?

• A.

Kara will be successful in life if she works hard at all she does.

• B.

I prefer to eat cookies and cake all day, but I know it would make me sick.

• C.

I will not out with you tonight, nor will I lie to your parents about where you are.

• D.

When did you leave the party last night?

A. Kara will be successful in life if she works hard at all she does.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Kara will be successful in life if she works hard at all she does." This sentence shows a subordinating conjunction "if" connecting the dependent clause "if she works hard at all she does" and the independent clause "Kara will be successful in life." The subordinating conjunction "if" introduces a condition, making the dependent clause dependent on the independent clause.

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• 3.

### Which of the following is not coordinating conjunction?

• A.

Yet

• B.

If

• C.

But

• D.

Or

B. If
Explanation
The coordinating conjunctions are used to connect two or more words, phrases, or clauses of equal importance. They include words like "and," "but," "or," and "yet." However, "if" is not a coordinating conjunction. It is a subordinating conjunction that introduces a subordinate clause and shows a condition or possibility.

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• 4.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: Happy to be with all his friends

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

• C.

pHrase

C. pHrase
Explanation
The group of words "Happy to be with all his friends" is identified as a phrase. A phrase is a group of words that does not contain a subject and a verb and does not express a complete thought. In this case, "Happy to be with all his friends" does not have a subject or a verb and does not form a complete sentence. Therefore, it is considered a phrase.

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• 5.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: Whenever I go to Melinda's house

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

• C.

pHrase

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given group of words "Whenever I go to Melinda's house" is identified as a dependent clause. A dependent clause is a group of words that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence because it does not express a complete thought. In this case, the clause is dependent on another clause to form a complete sentence.

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• 6.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: Harry waved his magic wand and lifted the heavy dresser above his head.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

• C.

pHrase

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The group of words "Harry waved his magic wand and lifted the heavy dresser above his head" is an independent clause because it expresses a complete thought and can stand alone as a sentence.

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• 7.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

When Gary went outside he found two raccoons and three squirrels bathing in his bird bath.

• B.

When Gary went outside, he found two raccoons and three squirrels bathing in his bird bath.

• C.

When Gary went outside, he found two raccoons, and three squirrels, bathing in his bird bath.

• D.

When Gary went outside he found two raccoons, and three squirrels bathing in his bird bath.

B. When Gary went outside, he found two raccoons and three squirrels bathing in his bird bath.
Explanation
The correct answer is "When Gary went outside, he found two raccoons and three squirrels bathing in his bird bath." This sentence uses the appropriate punctuation by placing a comma after the introductory phrase "When Gary went outside" to separate it from the main clause. It also correctly uses commas to separate the items in the list of animals ("two raccoons" and "three squirrels") and does not use a comma before the conjunction "and" in the list.

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• 8.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

I may consider your plan or I may disregard it.

• B.

I may consider your plan or, I may disregard it.

• C.

I may consider your plan, or I may disregard it.

• D.

I may consider, your plan, or I may disregard it.

C. I may consider your plan, or I may disregard it.
Explanation
The correct answer is "I may consider your plan, or I may disregard it." This answer uses the appropriate punctuation by placing a comma before the coordinating conjunction "or" to separate the two independent clauses in the sentence. The comma helps to clarify the separation between considering the plan and disregarding it as two distinct possibilities.

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• 9.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

I won't go to the party at the park if it rains.

• B.

I won't go go the party, at the park if it rains.

• C.

I won't go to the party at the park, if it rains.

• D.

I won't go to the party, at the park, if it rains.

A. I won't go to the party at the park if it rains.
Explanation
The correct answer is "I won't go to the party at the park if it rains." This sentence uses the appropriate punctuation by placing a comma before the conjunction "if" to separate the main clause "I won't go to the party at the park" from the conditional clause "if it rains."

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• 10.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

The parade passed by and the bystanders cheered loudly.

• B.

The parade passed by, and the bystanders cheered loudly.

• C.

The parade passed by and the bystanders, cheered loudly.

• D.

The parade, passed by, and the bystanders, cheered loudly.

B. The parade passed by, and the bystanders cheered loudly.
Explanation
The correct answer is "The parade passed by, and the bystanders cheered loudly." This answer uses the appropriate punctuation by placing a comma before the coordinating conjunction "and" to separate two independent clauses.

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• 11.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

Sylvia sang for us while Bob played the violin.

• B.

Sylvia sang, for us while Bob played the violin.

• C.

Sylvia sang for us, while Bob played the violin.

• D.

Sylvia sang for us while, Bob played the violin.

A. Sylvia sang for us while Bob played the violin.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Sylvia sang for us while Bob played the violin." This sentence uses the appropriate punctuation by separating the two actions with the word "while" without any additional punctuation marks.

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• 12.

### Which of the following uses the appropriate punctuation:

• A.

Although I have not seen Paris or London I hope to visit one day.

• B.

Although I have not seen Paris, or London I hope to visit one day.

• C.

Although I have not seen Paris or London, I hope to visit one day.

• D.

Although I have not seen Paris, or London, I hope to visit one day.

C. Although I have not seen Paris or London, I hope to visit one day.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Although I have not seen Paris or London, I hope to visit one day." This answer uses the appropriate punctuation by placing a comma after "London" to separate the two items in the list ("Paris" and "London"). The comma helps to clarify that "Paris or London" is a single unit, and it is separate from the rest of the sentence.

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• 13.

### A _____________________ conjunction connects an independent clause to an independent clause.

coordinating
Explanation
A coordinating conjunction connects two independent clauses together. It is used to join equal parts of a sentence, such as two complete thoughts or two main clauses. Examples of coordinating conjunctions include "and," "but," "or," "nor," "for," "yet," and "so."

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• 14.

### A ____________________ conjunction connects a dependent clause to an independent clause.

Explanation
A subordinating conjunction connects a dependent clause to an independent clause.

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• 15.

### A __________ is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb.

clause
Explanation
A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb. It can express a complete thought and can function as a sentence on its own. Clauses can be either independent, which can stand alone as a sentence, or dependent, which rely on an independent clause to form a complete sentence.

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• 16.

### A _____________________ clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a simple sentence.

independent
Explanation
An independent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb and can stand alone as a simple sentence. This means that it expresses a complete thought and does not rely on any other clauses or phrases to make sense. An independent clause can function as a standalone sentence because it contains all the necessary components to convey a complete idea.

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• 17.

### A ___________________________ clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb but CANNOT stand alone as a complete sentence.

dependent
Explanation
A dependent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It relies on an independent clause to form a complete thought. Dependent clauses often begin with subordinating conjunctions such as "because," "although," or "when." These clauses provide additional information or clarify the meaning of the independent clause. Without an independent clause, a dependent clause lacks the necessary information to form a complete sentence. Therefore, it is considered dependent.

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• 18.

### A _____________ is a group of words that does not contain a subject and a verb.

phrase
Explanation
A phrase is a group of words that does not contain a subject and a verb. It functions as a single unit within a sentence, but it does not express a complete thought on its own. Phrases can consist of various parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs, but they lack the necessary components to form a complete sentence. Instead, they add descriptive or modifying information to the surrounding words or clauses.

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• 19.

### What acronym can you use to remember the coordinating conjunctions?

FANBOYS
Explanation
The acronym FANBOYS is used to remember the coordinating conjunctions. Each letter in FANBOYS represents a coordinating conjunction: F for for, A for and, N for nor, B for but, O for or, Y for yet, and S for so. This acronym helps to easily recall and identify the coordinating conjunctions in a sentence.

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• 20.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: Is a very large city.

• A.

Independent clause

• B.

Dependent clause

• C.

pHrase

C. pHrase
Explanation
The given group of words, "Is a very large city," does not have a subject and a verb, which are essential components of an independent or dependent clause. Therefore, it cannot be classified as either. Instead, it functions as a phrase, as it does not express a complete thought and cannot stand alone as a sentence.

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• 21.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: My uncle, who lives near us, has a new house.

• A.

Independent clause

• B.

Dependent clause

• C.

pHrase

A. Independent clause
Explanation
The group of words "My uncle, who lives near us, has a new house" is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought. It contains a subject ("my uncle") and a predicate ("has a new house") and does not rely on any other part of the sentence to make sense.

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• 22.

### Identify the following group of words as an independent clause, dependent clause, or phrase: Because he is full of life and energy.

• A.

Independent clause

• B.

Dependent clause

• C.

pHrase

B. Dependent clause
Explanation
The given group of words "Because he is full of life and energy" is a dependent clause. It starts with the subordinating conjunction "because" and cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It relies on another clause to provide a complete thought.

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• 23.

### Rewrite the following sentence, adding punctuation as necessary.  If the sentence is correct as is, retype the sentence without change. Mary sold her favorite pony but she cried the entire time.

Mary sold her favorite pony, but she cried the entire time.
Explanation
The correct answer is to add a comma after "pony" to separate the independent clauses of the sentence. The comma helps to indicate that the two actions - selling the pony and crying - are happening separately.

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• 24.

### Rewrite the following sentence, adding punctuation as necessary.  If the sentence is correct as is, retype the sentence without change. Karla and Suzy will visit Massachusetts or New Hampshire this weekend.

Karla and Suzy will visit Massachusetts or New Hampshire this weekend.
Explanation
The sentence is correct as is.

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• 25.

### Rewrite the following sentence, adding punctuation as necessary.  If the sentence is correct as is, retype the sentence without change. When I escape this evil dungeon I will seek revenge on you!

When I escape this evil dungeon, I will seek revenge on you!
Explanation
The correct answer is "When I escape this evil dungeon, I will seek revenge on you!" The original sentence is missing a comma after the phrase "evil dungeon." Adding the comma helps to separate the introductory clause from the main clause, making the sentence clearer and easier to understand.

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• 26.

### Rewrite the following sentence, adding punctuation as necessary.  If the sentence is correct as is, retype the sentence without change. I love you dearly yet I cannot stay with you.

I love you dearly, yet I cannot stay with you.
Explanation
The correct answer is "I love you dearly, yet I cannot stay with you." The original sentence is missing a comma before the conjunction "yet." Adding the comma helps to separate the two independent clauses in the sentence, making it clearer and easier to understand.

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