To individual sentences:
(1) Choose any sentence in the paragraph below.
(2) Read that sentence closely to comprehend its message fully.
(3) Determine the clause combination and sentence type.
(4) Position the cursor over the sentence.
(5) Click for another view of the sentence that includes its individual clauses, clause combination, and sentence type.
from The Color of Water
by James McBride
He came from the hospital about a week later and seemed to get better. His speech, though slurred, returned. He sat in his basement headquarters, recuperating, while we crept around the house and Mommy walked about silently, eyes still red-rimmed, on edge. One day he summoned me downstairs and asked me to help him dress. “I want to take a drive,” he said. I was the oldest kid living at home by then, my other siblings being away at school. He put on his sweater, wool pants, hat, and blue peacoat. Though ill and thin, he still looked sharp. Slowly, he mounted the stairs and stepped outside. It was May and brisk, almost cold outside. We went into the garage and stepped into his gold-colored Pontiac. “I want to drive home one more time,” he said. He was talking about Richmond, Virginia, where he grew up. But he was too weak to drive, so he sat there behind the wheel of the car, staring at the garage wall, and he began to talk. (McBride, 1996, p. 127)