|Clause Types Recognition Practice
When John came into the room, the children clapped.
Independent Clause: the children clapped
Both clauses have subjects and verbs: "children clapped" and "John came." However, in the second one, that word, "when" makes that group of words a dependent or subordinate clause. "When" is a subordinate conjunction, which you will learn about in the miscellaneous subheading in the clause section. Subordinate or dependent clauses are introduced by either a relative pronoun (see pronoun section) or a subordinate conjunction.
|Exercise Directions: Write down the independent clause in the
following sentences; then, write down the dependent or subordinate
clause. BE CAREFUL! Sometimes the dependent clause will
separate the independent clause, as shown in this sample sentence....|
The little boy, who bought the candy, is my brother.
Independent Clause: The little boy is my brother
1. Since I don't have the book, I could not do the report.
2. The well-known poet, who was immortalized, is Edgar Allen Poe.
3. Ginger, who is a girl in room 18, will run for representative.
4. Before the rain came, we were able to go swimming.
5. After we formed the carpool, Dave's driving day was Thursdays.
6. Our travel plans were changed since the plane was canceled.
7. Although I am generally a confident person, I hesitated to take my first swimming lesson.
8. "The Raven" is a poem which was written by Edgar Allen Poe.
9. I admire students who ask for help.
10. Mr. Jones, who is a former engineer, is our math teacher.