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Clause - Glossary of Terms


Clause

A clause is a group of words that includes a subject and a verb.  A clause can express a complete thought.  A clause usually forms part of a sentence.

Example:

Tara always eats last thing at night

Although this is a sentence in its own right (known as an "independent clause"), a clause can also represent just part of a sentence.

Example:

Trying her hardest to gain weight, Tara always eats last thing at night. (Here, the same words are not a complete sentence.)

When a clause does not convey a complete thought, it is known as a subordinate clause.

Examples:

Trying her hardest to gain weight...
After Tara has eaten her tea...
 
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