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Clauses

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There are two types of clauses:

Independent Clause (Main Clause)- It is a simple sentence. Contains a subject and a verb (predicate), and it is a complete thought.

Ex: She is my friend

Dependent Clause (Subordinate Clause)- Begins with a subordinating conjunction. Contains a subject and a verb (predicate), but it is not a complete thought.

Ex: Because she is my friend

Clauses and Types of Sentences:

Ex: The boy is nice.

Simple Sentence

Independent Clause and Main Clause

Clauses contain a subject and a verb.

A main or independent clause contains a subject and verb and is a complete thought.

Ex: Because the boy is nice.

Dependent Clause or Subordinate Clause

Clauses contain a subject and a verb.

A dependent or subordinate clause contains a subject and a verb, but it is NOT a complete thought. And, it has a TRIGGER word or subordinating conjunction at the beginning of the clause.

Ex: The boy is nice whenever he is asleep. COMPLEX SENTENCE

Ex:  While you were sleeping, I walked to the beach.

Dependent or Subordinate Clauses that come at the end of the sentence do not need a comma. Those that come at the beginning of the sentence need a comma.

Subordinating Conjunctions:

as long as     

whenever

 as much as 

where

 as soon as 

wherever

 as though

 since

while

because

 so that

 before 

even if 

that

though

   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
   
   
   
   

 

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