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Discussion in 'Primary' started by Princec, Mar 25, 2016.
How are you all finding the Spag test?
Neeaad moiiire bolognese. Seriously, which illiterate wrote them?
I ate my ice cream before I had my dinner. (Is before a conjunction? Both sides are clauses.)
I ate my ice cream before dinner. (Is before a preposition, as "dinner" is not a clause, or is it just a sentence with the subject and verb ellipted?)
Is before used in different ways in those two examples?
1) If the sentence has two clauses joined by before, then before is a conjunction as it joins the two clauses together ( Ali locked the door-before he left) ,
2) it's a preposition when used before a noun ( we moved before teatime)
3) It's an adverb when used without the noun ( I'd been there once before).
So in your two sentences, it's a conjunction in the first and a preposition in the second!
Yes, but my point is that it is the same sentence, with just a couple of words ellipted. Yet the rules of grammar that describe it change. Very confusing for ten and eleven year olds.
That would be an excellent example to share with Y6 pupils.
before I ate my dinner [contains main verb --> clause --> conjunction]
before dinner [no verb --> phrase --> preposition]
I am using lots of examples like these. The pupils understand it.
Glad I don't teach year 6 English any more.