Chapter 6

Subordinate Clauses

6.1 Identifying Subordinate Clauses

A main clause is a group of words with a subject and a verb. It is called a simple sentence when the first word is capitalized and it ends with a period, a question mark, or an exclamation point.


A subordinate clause (or dependent clause) is a group of words with a subject and a verb that is introduced by a subordinator. It is not called a sentence because it makes an incomplete statement.


The following subordinate clauses are incomplete by themselves. They should not be followed ...

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