Independent and Dependent Clauses

Independent and Dependent Clauses

A clause is the “smallest grammatical unit,” usually consisting of a subject and a predicate. There are two types of clauses: independent and dependent.

Independent clauses, as the name suggests, can stand alone. They have a subject and a verb, and they form a complete sentence.

Dependent clauses, sometimes called subordinate clauses, don’t form complete sentences and can’t stand alone. If a dependent clause isn’t attached to an independent clause, it’s a sentence fragment.

To learn more about independent and dependent clauses, review WriteLab’s Guide.


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