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Independent Clause - Glossary of Terms


Independent Clause

An independent clause is one that could stand alone as a complete sentence.

Example:

  The crew could see the whale, which had surfaced only 50m behind them.
              
              independent clause                                subordinate clause
            (i.e., could stand alone)                         (i.e., could not stand alone)

  The crew could see the whale.  (complete sentence)  

Interactive example:
  
Mary is a fine singer, and she is an excellent dancer. [show me the dependent clauses]
 
Associated pages:
 
Co-ordinate_conjunctions
Complex sentence
Dependent Clause
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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