Please help me with the questions relating to visual literacy and the use of an independent clause in a sentence.

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Pictures create images in the mind's eye that allow the person viewing those images a complete freedom of expression. It is crucial, when describing a picture, to make the best use of language to allow the writer to fully state his or her view of that picture and what emotions can be expressed.

Independent clauses can be complete sentences by themselves (as in simple sentences)or they may be accompanied by subordinate or co-ordinate clauses in order to intensify the message. Two co-ordinate clauses in the same sentence (those joined by for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) create two independent clauses. To meet the criteria of this question with only one independent clause, a subordinate clause may be used to increase the tension or reveal the situation, adding detail or a simple sentence could be what will give dramatic effect. An independent clause will have a subject and a predicate. 

Possible sentences, with only one independent clause describing the scene, could include:

  • She stood waiting. (She is the subject and stood waiting is the predicate)
  • Mesmerized by the unfolding storm, she was prepared to let it dominate her, transform her, engulf her. (The subordinate clause precedes the comma and the independent clause starts with ..."she was prepared..."
  • Nothing else mattered.
  • As the situation unfolded, the approaching storm took over her thoughts, wrapping her in the breeze.
  • The mountain view / The view of the hills faded into her unconscious.
  • In that intense moment, as the storm approached, a feeling of release overwhelmed her, released her. 
  • She remembered the last time she had walked over those hills with Sammy. 
  • The scene was mesmerizing, captivating and most importantly incapable of destroying her optimism.

The writer can decide which two sentences fit well together to create a complete picture.

In creating a sentence with only one independent clause and which begins with "The snow falling softly all around them..." consider

  • ...they were content to frolic unreservedly in the most unexpected winter wonderland.
  • ... they laughed about their memories of the last snowfall.
  • was a picture perfect scene of snow-capped mountains, frozen streams and steaming hot chocolate.

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Any of the above combinations would work well together and fit the criteria of using only one independent clause per sentence. So for your first one, for example, because you need TWO sentences, you could combine "She stood waiting" as one complete sentence with any other you think is appropriate for you, for example, "She stood waiting. The view of the hills faded into her unconscious."

For the second part of your question, only ONE sentence is required so choose any from the second category. Start with "The snow falling softly all around them,"....and add "they were content to frolic unreservedly..." or "they laughed about their ..." or "it was a picture perfect scene of snow-capped...."  etc.  

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