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Term 4 – Week 1: Grammar

Independent clause sentences

  • The sun is hot.
  • Australian Rules Football has finished its season for 2016.
  • Apollo Parkways Primary School is located in Greensborough.
  • Our school canteen sells many healthy lunch options.
  • Grade 6 students go to Camp Coonawarra in March.
  • The cake was burnt.
  • There was a hot day timetable on Tuesday.
  • The dessert was delicious.
  • David assisted his parents.
  • Builders wear protective gear.
  • I phoned the Police.
  • We completed the task.

Dependent clauses start with conjunctions such as until, when, where, since, because, as, after, although and before. These conjunctions may tell about time, place or reason.

Complete the following task in workbooks…

Use one independent clause sentence + conjunction (see above) + create your own dependent clause to expand and create a new sentence.

Verb Tenses

See the English/Grammar page for your task this week

The various verb tenses allow a speaker or writer to be very specific, not just about when an action occurs, but about whether that action occurs regularly, comes before another action, just keeps going on, or happens once and not again. Verb tenses allow verbs to be very powerful. But even when students need to know and understand the verb tenses list, it still takes practice using verb tenses exercises before the correct formation and use of these tenses comes naturally to students. Try making your own list of past, present, and future verbs to help learn the verb tenses!

This verb tenses list summarizes all the tenses for regular verbs:

  1. Past Tense
    • Simple (merely happened at some indefinite time in the past) – I talked.
    • Perfect (action that started and finished in the past) – I had talked.
    • Progressive (ongoing action that happened sometime in the past) – I was talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that started, continued, and finally stopped in the past) – I had been talking.
  2. Present Tense
    • Simple (considered to be happening right now, or which happens regularly) – I talk.
    • Perfect (a finished action, viewed from right now) – I have talked.
    • Progressive (action continuing at this moment, or which starts and goes on for a while, on a regular basis) – I am talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (ongoing action that has recently finished) – I have been talking.
  3. Future Tense
    • Simple (will happen in the future) – I will talk.
    • Perfect (will start and finish in the future, before a second action takes place) – I will have talked.
    • Progressive (will start and continue in the future) – I will be talking.
    • Perfect Progressive (will start and continue in the future, before a specific time) – I will have been talking.

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