Glossary: declarative clause

Explanation

The most common clause type, which usually has regular grammatical ordering with the Subject before the verb phrase, and which is usually, though not exclusively, used to make a statement.

Clause types and discourse functions

In this activity we will look at text examples drawn from our corpus and think about the clause types used within the extracts (for example, declarative, imperative, interrogative or exclamative clauses).

Click on the interactive whiteboard icon (top right) and work through the following slides with students. Read each extract and analyse it by answering the accompanying questions. After each extract, there are some suggestions and pointers.

Word salads (primary)

In this lesson, students arrange words on the smart board in order to create acceptable sentences.

Goals

  • Use implicit grammatical knowledge to arrange word tiles on a smart board into sentences.

Lesson Plan

The teacher explains that today, we will arrange words to make sentences. All of the example sentences here have been drawn from our corpus.

Word salads (primary): Statement activity

He
talked
to
people
.

I
saw
him
in
London
.

Clauses: Clause types

Compare the following examples. They would usually be used to ‘do different things’:

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