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Dependent and Independent clauses Review
Transcript of Dependent and Independent clauses Review
A dependent clause is a clause that does not express a complete thought.
A clause can be dependent because of the presence of a:
• Conjunction (
And, or, nor, but, yet
Dependent clauses MUST be joined to another clause, in order to avoid creating a sentence fragment.
I forgot my homework
I enjoy sitting by the fireplace and reading.
• Waiting to have my car’s oil changed is boring.
• She wants to travel the world and see wonderful sights.
• Our planets revolve around the sun.
• The professor always comes to class fully prepared.
• Hurricanes strengthen over warm waters.
• It is good to tackle the hardest chores first.
• Meredith fixed the leaky faucet all by herself.
• The soprano sang the aria perfectly.
• Cheetahs are the fastest land animals.
• Hiking and biking are my favorite summertime activities.
• It is very important to brush your teeth twice a day.
Independent Clause Examples
An independent clause is a clause that can stand on its own, by itself. It does not need to be joined to any other clauses, because it contains all the information necessary to be a complete sentence.
A related group of words with a subject and a predicate is a CLAUSE. A single independent clause can be a sentence, by itself.
However, dependent clauses are used to make sentences more complete and more interesting.
Using conjunctions and proper punctuation, dependent and independent clauses can be joined together to create interesting and complex compound sentences that are fun and engaging to read.
Independent and Dependent Clauses
Dependent and Independent clauses
the president arrives
I can’t wait for the bus
he knew what was going to happen
his sister can
you can work on Sundays
the sun sets
flowers continue to bloom
you come to visit
I don’t have enough money
I had never considered it
you have the right size
the lights were dimming
he got elected
the food gets cold
1. If you don't fix the car, it will continue to leak oil.
2. While the car is being fixed, we will need to take the bus.
3. It isn't necessary to
all night if you have studied a little each day.
4. Before you begin studying for the exam, you will probably want to rest.
5. I can't go to the movies since I don´t have any money.
6. Whether he attends the party or not, I have decided to go.
7. I will stop playing the drums when you go to sleep.
8. Since you've taken your exam in Biology, you probably don't feel like studying for tomorrow's exam in math.
9. Until he apologizes to me for his rude behavior, I refuse to see him.
10. I wore my boots because it looked like it might snow.
Circle the independent clause and color the dependent clause.
Independent clauses have three components:
1. They have a subject - they tell the reader what the sentence is about.
2. They have an action or predicate - they tell the reader what the subject is doing.
3. They express a complete thought - something happened or was said.
An independent clause can be as simple as a subject and a verb:
• Jim reads.
COMPOUND SENTENCES ARE JOINED BY
in order to,