a clause that can stand alone as a sentence, containing a subject and a predicate with a finite verb, as I was there in the sentence I was there when he arrived.
What’s The Difference Between Independent And Dependent ClausesYou might have seen these terms floating around. Clauses are the building blocks of sentences. They’re groups of related words (phrases) that contain both a subject and a verb. When a clause can stand alone as a complete sentence with a clear meaning, it’s considered independent. If it only makes sense when you join it with another clause, it’s dependent (or subordinate). For example, “in …
Compare subordinate clause.
Also called in·de·pend·ent clause.
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British Dictionary definitions for independent clause (1 of 2)
grammar a main or coordinate clauseCompare dependent clause
British Dictionary definitions for independent clause (2 of 2)
grammar a clause that can stand alone as a sentenceCompare subordinate clause
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Culture definitions for independent clause
A clause that can stand alone as a sentence. The following sentence consists of two independent clauses joined by but: “The farmers complained of the low price of food, but the office workers did not complain.” (Compare dependent clause.)
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