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Independent clause

In grammar, an independent clause (or main clause) is a clause that can stand by itself as a grammatically viable simple sentence. Independent clauses express a complete thought and contain a subject and a predicate. Multiple independent clauses can be joined.

Examples

  • I am a bus driver. simple sentence
  • I drive a bus. simple sentence''
  • I am a bus driver, and my wife is a lawyer. (compound sentence made up of two independent clauses: I am a bus driver and my wife is a lawyer)
  • I want to be an astronaut, but I need to receive my Astronaut Badge. (compound sentence made up of two independent clauses: I want to be an astronaut and I need to receive my Astronaut Badge)
  • Go to the store, and get me a carton of milk. (compound sentence) (Though a subject is not visible, in English the subject of an imperative is considered to be the pronoun 'you')

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References

  • Rozakis, Laurie (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style pp. 152. Alpha. ISBN 1-59257-115-8.

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