Clauses simplified

When you join grammatical units and they contain a main verb, a clause is born. Just like a phrase, a clause is meaningful and forms part of a sentence, but unlike the former, it can be a complete sentence. Thus, a clause is a simple sentence—one that contains a single thought. Examples: He switched off the light. If he cannot sing (dependent/subordinate), send him out (independent). The examples above show that a clause can either stand alone (independent/main) or depend on another of its kind (dependent/subordinate), but both have a…

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