9th Grade English Homework Help

As you progress as a student, you'll often be given English homework assignments that go beyond the basics. Specifically, in the 9th grade, you'll be expected to know about advanced parts of grammar, such as phrases and clauses. Keep reading to learn more.

Find available tutors

Help with 9th Grade English


A phrase is a group of words that relate to each other and have a specific meaning. Phrases are sentence parts, but not complete sentences in themselves. They often include parts of speech, such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. Some of the common types of phrases are explained below with examples of each.


A noun phrase contains a noun or subject, which is usually a person, place or thing. It also contains modifiers, which are words that provide more information about the noun. Depending on the sentence, a noun phrase can be placed at the beginning or the end.

The dress in the display case is too expensive.
I don't like the boy who moved in next door.


Verb phrases refer to the group of words in a sentence that contain the main verb and helping verbs. In a verb phrase the helping verbs are generally placed before the main verb. Helping verbs are also known as auxiliary verbs.

Patrick was making pizza for dinner. ('Making' is the verb and 'was' is the helping verb.)


Prepositional phrases add more meaning to sentences. They begin with prepositions and end with nouns, pronouns or clauses. They can also contain modifiers.

Under my bed, I found the shoes I've been looking for.


Unlike phrases, certain clauses can function as complete sentences. Furthermore, all clauses contain a subject and a verb. Some common types of clauses and examples are provided below.


An independent clause, also known as a main clause, is a complete thought. In order for a group of words to actually qualify as a sentence, it has to form an independent clause. If it doesn't, it's a fragment, or piece, of a sentence.

Big dogs bark.


Dependent clauses are the opposite of independent clauses. Often called subordinate clauses, they can't stand alone as a full sentence. They are incomplete thoughts. Therefore, they must be attached to an independent clause to create a sentence. The example below is not a complete sentence because the dependent clause is not paired with an independent clause.

Whenever I'm in trouble.


Relative or adjective clauses are used to add description or explanation in a sentence. They begin with relative pronouns (who, whom, whose, which or that) or relative adverbs (when, where or why). The two types of relative clauses are essential and nonessential.


Essential relative clauses are clauses that provide necessary information about the subject. They don't require a comma.

The man who sold me the watch ripped me off.


Nonessential relative clauses are clauses that contain additional information that is unnecessary. They require commas.

Johnny, who is the football team captain, received a full athletic scholarship.
Did you find this useful? If so, please let others know!

Other Articles You May Be Interested In

  • More Blog Articles
    Does Science Stand a Chance Against English and Math?

    Even while the Obama administration pushes for increased focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, California has virtually removed science from many of its elementary schools. Blame has been placed on everything from budget cuts to a renewed emphasis on math and English. Is it ever a good idea,...

  • More Blog Articles
    Homework Help for Elementary School English

    This article outlines steps that parents of elementary school children can take to assist their student in learning and mastering the fundamentals of English grammar and writing.

We Found 7 Tutors You Might Be Interested In

Huntington Learning

  • What Huntington Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • One on one tutoring
  • Every Huntington tutor is certified and trained extensively on the most effective teaching methods
In-Center and Online


  • What K12 offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Has a strong and effective partnership with public and private schools
  • AdvancED-accredited corporation meeting the highest standards of educational management
Online Only

Kaplan Kids

  • What Kaplan Kids offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Customized learning plans
  • Real-Time Progress Reports track your child's progress
Online Only


  • What Kumon offers:
  • In-center tutoring
  • Individualized programs for your child
  • Helps your child develop the skills and study habits needed to improve their academic performance
In-Center and Online

Sylvan Learning

  • What Sylvan Learning offers:
  • Online and in-center tutoring
  • Sylvan tutors are certified teachers who provide personalized instruction
  • Regular assessment and progress reports
In-Home, In-Center and Online

Tutor Doctor

  • What Tutor Doctor offers:
  • In-Home tutoring
  • One on one attention by the tutor
  • Develops personlized programs by working with your child's existing homework
In-Home Only


  • What TutorVista offers:
  • Online tutoring
  • Student works one-on-one with a professional tutor
  • Using the virtual whiteboard workspace to share problems, solutions and explanations
Online Only

Our Commitment to You

  • Free Help from Teachers

  • Free Learning Materials

  • Helping Disadvantaged Youth