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Review of Nouns/Phrases and Sentences

You know that topics are always expressed as words, names, or phrases. Topics are never expressed as sentences. Study the columns of this chart to review the difference between nouns and phrases, which can be topics, and sentences, which can be main ideas. Sentences are going to be very important in this chapter, and you need to be able to tell when you have written a complete sentence. If you need to, review Chapter 6. Remember that a sentence is not determined by it length. A phrase can be very long, and a sentence can be very short. To be a sentence, long or short, there must be a subject and a predicate (verb).

Examples of Nouns and Phrases
(These could be topics.)

Examples of Sentences
(These could be main ideas.)

shopping malls

Today's shopping malls offer far more than just shopping.


Politeness should be taught from an early age.

air travel

In the future, air travel will be very different.

stem cell research

Stem cell research is controversial.

why rainbows occur

Rainbows occur when sunlight goes through raindrops at a certain angle.


Winning is nice, but it isn't everything.

the two sides of the brain

The two sides of the brain are called hemispheres.

going to college for the first time

Going to college for the first time make
you feel both excited and nervous.

Sandra Day O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first woman
to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice.

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