What is a clause and examples?
A clause is a group of words that contains both a subject and a predicate (or a verb). There are two types of clauses
Types of Clauses
- Independent Clauses
- Dependent Clauses
- Adjective clause
- Adverb clause
- Noun clause
What is a Independent Clauses?
Independent Clauses are complete sentences. They can stand alone and express a complete thought.
Examples of Independent Clauses:
- I want some cereal.
- Marie likes cats.
- Joseph is a good soccer player.
What is a Dependent Clauses?
Dependent Clauses contain a subject and a predicate, but they do not express a complete thought.
Examples of Dependent Clauses:
- When it is raining
- Because you were late
- Before you go to bed
All of these groups of words contain both a subject and a verb, but they cannot stand alone. They do not express a complete thought.
There are three main types of dependent clauses: adjective, adverb, and noun. They are named by the way they function in a sentence.
What is a Adjective clause?
An adjective clause describes or gives more information about a noun-tells us which one, what kind, or how many.
Example of Adjective clause:
The bag that someone left on the bus belongs to Mrs. Smith.
What is a Adverb clause?
An adverb clause describes or gives more information about the verb-tells us when, where, how, to what extent, or under what condition something is happening.
Example of Adverb clause:
She cried because her seashell was broken.
What is a Noun clause?
A noun clause takes the place of a noun in the sentence.
Example of Noun clause:
Whoever ate the last piece of pie owes me!