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