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Clauses: Independent & dependent. Have out. Your assignment from yesterday No electronics. What is a clause?. A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb A “doer” and a “do” Example: When you go… The cat is out of the bag Although I hate spiders….

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have out
Have out
  • Your assignment from yesterday
  • No electronics
what is a clause
What is a clause?
  • A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb
  • A “doer” and a “do”
  • Example:
    • When you go…
    • The cat is out of the bag
    • Although I hate spiders…
independent clauses
Independent Clauses
  • An independent clause is a group of words containing a subject and a verb that can stand independently
  • Example:
    • “The girl from New York won the Miss America Pageant!”
    • “Bubba was my special friend.”
dependent clauses
Dependent Clauses
  • Dependent clauses are groups of words that have a subject and a verb and theycannot stand on their own because the thought is incomplete, i.e. they ‘depend’ on something else for completion.
  • Examples:
    • “When Jim studied in the Sweet Shop for his chemistry quiz…”
    • This leaves the question: What about when Jim studied…?
how to identify
How to identify:
  • 1) Look at one group of words
  • 2) Ask yourself: Can this be a complete sentence?
    • Is the thought complete?
    • Am I left wondering anything?
    • Yes: Independent
    • No: Dependent
who cares
Who cares?
  • It is important to be able to tell the difference between both independent and dependent clauses so that you can:
    • Punctuate your sentence correctly
    • Spice up your writing
how do i punctuate a sentence as such
How do I punctuate a sentence as such?
  • Insert a comma between the dependent and independent clause.
    • Because Steve Carell left “The Office,” the ratings have dropped.
  • Insert a conjunction (FANBOYS) & comma between two independent clauses or a semi colon (;)
    • My favorite show is “The Colbert Report,” andI watch it every night.
    • Or
    • My friend is in Los Angeles this week; she met Mischa Barton yesterday.
  • In the paragraph that you have written, pick out two sentences and write them again, somewhere else on your paper
  • For each sentence, add a dependent clause to give more detail
  • Example: Original
    • “I often enjoy eating ice cream.”
    • “When I have a sore throat, I often enjoy eating ice cream.”