Types of Clauses

Independent Clause

1. What is an Independent Clause? An independent clause is a clause that can work alone as a complete sentence. It contains a subject and a predicate that together express a complete thought. An independent clause is also called a “main clause” because it contains a sentence’s main idea, and as the main part, it isn’t “dependent” on other clauses to make sense. But, a dependent clause relies on an... »

Noun Clause

1. What is a Noun Clause? A noun clause is a dependent (or subordinate clause) that works as a noun. It can be the subject of a sentence, an object, or a complement. Like all nouns, the purpose of a noun clause is to name a person, place, thing, or idea. Sometimes when we want to name something, a single word won’t do – sometimes we need a group of words to name something. That is why we use noun ... »

Adverb Clause

1. What is an Adverb Clause? An adverb clause (or adverbial clause) is a clause that works as an adverb in a sentence. Its role is to show place, time, condition, degree, and so on, by answering questions like “where?”; “when?”; “how?”; and “why?” Just like an adverb, it modifies other parts of a sentence to add more details. Like all clauses, an adverb clause has a subject and a predicate. Howeve... »

Adjective Clause

1. What is an Adjective Clause? An adjective clause is a clause that works to describe (modify) a noun or pronoun. It will always be a subordinate clause. It appears immediately after the word it describes (modifies). Adjective clauses always begin with either a pronoun or an adverb. Pronouns: who, which, that, whom, whose Adverbs: why, where, when Adjective clauses answer questions that begin wit... »

Subordinate Clause

1. What is a Subordinate Clause? A subordinate clause or dependent clause is a clause that can’t exist as a sentence on its own. Like all clauses, it has a subject and a predicate, but it doesn’t share a complete thought. A subordinate clause only gives extra information and is “dependent” on other words to make a full sentence.   2. Examples of Subordinate Clauses A subordinate clause makes ... »