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Independent and Dependent Clauses
Transcript of Independent and Dependent Clauses
Independent and Dependent
What is an independent clause?
What is a dependent clause?
Examples of 'dependent marker words':
Sentence Fragment Example
A dependent clause is an incomplete thought
which does not create a sentence. Dependent clauses often contain a 'dependent marker word'.
Because I forgot I had a test
I did not study.
An independent clause is a group of words, which creates a sentence, that contains a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought.
President Lincoln wrote the
after, although, because, before,
even though, if, in order to, since,
though, unless, until, whether...
When Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation...
^ dependent clause
I did not study
because I forgot I had a test
Since the independent clause begins the sentence, the comma is not needed.
Berry, Chris, ed. "Identifying Independent and
Dependent Clauses." Purdue. Purdue University, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/598/01/>.
"Dependent Clauses: Adverbial, Adjectival, Nominal."
Towson. Towson University, n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2013. <http://www.towson.edu/ows/advadjnomclause.htm>.