What’s this syntax called: “Him being the nice person he is, helped her.”?

Or “He, being the nice person that he is, helped her.” Which one is correct and what’s the construction called? Answer You offer two options for handling the sentence that you are interested in: Him being the nice person that he is, helped her. and He, being the nice person that he is, helped her. … Read more

Does putting a how before an independent clause make it dependent?

I’m wondering if putting a “how” before an independent clause somehow makes it dependent. Example: John questioned societal norms, and how those norms affected the students. or Example: John questioned societal norms and how those norms affected the students. Both “John questioned societal norms” and “those norms affected the students” are independent clauses, right? Yet … Read more

If an independent clause stands on its own, is it still considered a clause?

There are several definitions related to clauses in my textbook that am a little confused about, and I would greatly appreciate some clarification. Here are the definitions: Clause. A group of words which contains a subject and a verb but is in itself not a complete sentence, but a part of a complex or compound … Read more

Conjunction Puzzle: Is this clause dependent or independent?

Third grade teacher here. I plan to teach students to distinguish between simple, compound and complex sentences — but only if I can demonstrate a clear and meaningful difference between the latter two! Complex or Compound? Each sentence in the following pairs is similar to its partner. All dogs are mammals, so huskies are mammals. … Read more