Thursday, 8 May 2014

Main and Subordinate clauses

Hello and assalamualaikum everyone!! today I will share about main and subordinate clauses. Before that, let me define what is the meaning of clause.

Clause?? What is that?

A clause is a group of related words that contains subject and a verb/predicate (and usually other components too). A clause may form part of a sentence or it may be a complete sentence in itself. Clauses are different from a phrase because phrase do not have a subject-verb relationship.

Clauses are categorized into main/independent and subordinate/dependent clauses.

1. Main/independent clauses

A main clause—sometimes called an independent clause—must contain a subject and a verbas well as express a complete thought.

2. Subordinate/dependent clauses

A subordinate clause—also called a dependent clause—will begin with a subordinate conjunction or a relative pronoun and will contain both a subject and a verb. This combination of words will not form a complete sentence. It will instead make a reader want additional information to finish the thought.


1. I know what he wants.
2. You must read if you want to learn.
3. I don't know why they went out.
4. The book that you saw is mine.

yellow= main/independent clause
blue= subordinate/dependent clause
bold= subordinate

So can you distinguish between main and subordinate clauses?

Try to do online exercises here.

Good luck!!
salam sayang

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