(ENG215 -Rsrch & Wrtng) Mini-Lesson _Introductory Phrases, Parentheticals, and Transitional Exp

(ENG215 -Rsrch & Wrtng) Mini-Lesson _Introductory Phrases, Parentheticals, and Transitional Exp

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Mini-lesson: Introductory Phrases, Parentheticals, and Transitional Expressions Today, we are going to talk about introductory phrases. Most of the time, we think of sentences beginning with the subject. Here is an example: - Melanie went to the store early in the morning. The subject of the sentence is, of course, Melanie. However, we don't necessarily have to begin a sentence with the subject. Look at the following: - Early in the morning, Melanie went to the store. Groups of words (other than the subject) that begin a sentence are called introductory phrases. When an introductory phrase has two or more words, you should always put a comma after it. Commas are used even after introductory phrases of only one word, such as the following: finally, first, second, consequently, moreover, etc. Some phrases or expressions are considered parenthetical, meaning that they are not necessary to the
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Unformatted text preview: meaning of a sentence. Such phrases should be set off by commas. Here is an example - My brother, it seems, will be moving to Florida. The phrase it seems is not necessary to the meaning of the sentence and could be deleted. Transitional expressions are words or phrases that show a relationship between two ideas, sentences, or paragraphs. Here is an example:- My brother likes to eat junk food. My sister, on the other hand, wold could live on salads. The phrase on the other hand is a transitional expression that shows contrast. For a list of transitional words or phrases, go to the following link: http://homepages.uhwo.hawaii.edu/~writing/transitexp.htm Transitional expressions should be offset by commas....
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2012 for the course ENGLISH ENG115 taught by Professor Brown during the Spring '11 term at Strayer.

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