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Independent & Dependent Clauses

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Clauses

A clause is a group of related words.  A clause has both a subject and a predicate.  There are two types of clauses.

Independent Clause - An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence.  Here is an example: We walk to school.  This sentence expresses a complete thought and can stand alone.

Dependent Clause - A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a sentence.  Here is an example: when the cake is done baking  This clause does not express a complete thought and cannot stand alone.

 

Directions:  Identify each of the clauses as independent or dependent.
 
1.  when Mr. Jones yelled

 Independent   Dependent

 
2.  I enjoy the opera
 Independent   Dependent
 
3.  unless it comes today
 Independent   Dependent
 
4.  although I lost the library book
 Independent   Dependent
 
5.  they're going on a picnic
 Independent   Dependent
 
6.  mom found it in the drawer
 Independent   Dependent
 
7.  the fifth graders sang
 Independent   Dependent
 
8.  when the movie is over
 Independent   Dependent
 
9.  I decided to go along
 Independent   Dependent
 
10.  the strength of the man might
 Independent   Dependent
 
11.  we're planning to have a party
 Independent   Dependent
 
12.  when I'm finished reading
 Independent   Dependent
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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