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Independent and Dependent Clauses: What is the difference?

Updated: May 21

What is a Clause?

In English grammar, a set of words that includes both a subject and a predicate is referred to as a clause. The person or object that the clause is about is referred to as the subject, and the action that the subject is performing or the state that the subject is in is referred to as the predicate of the clause.

There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses and dependent clauses.

Independent Clauses

A clause is considered to be independent when it can function as a complete sentence when taken by itself. It consists of a subject and a predicate, and it conveys a complete thought to the reader.

For example:

  • The cat ran.

  • The dog barked.

  • I like to swim.

Dependent Clauses

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