- Exercise in Identifying Sentences by Structure
- Practice in Identifying Independent Clauses
- Practice in Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses
Examples and Observations:
- A clause is a group of words that [contains] a subject and a verb. There are two major types: independent clauses and dependent clauses. An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence, beginning with a capital letter and ending with terminal punctuation such as a period. A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a sentence; instead it must be attached to an independent clause."
(G. Lutz and D. Stevenson, The Writer's Digest Grammar Desk Reference, 2005)
- "When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered."
(American journalist Dorothy Thompson)
- "The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.
(Attributed to H.L. Mencken)
- "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
(Attributed to Ernest Hemingway)
- "I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me."
(Humphrey Bogart in the movie In a Lonely Place)
- "Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."
- "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
- "Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year."
- "Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth and you put a little curlicue at the end. (Sid Caesar)
- "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
- "What's another word for 'thesaurus'?"
- "You have a responsibility to the public discourse, and you fail miserably."
(Jon Stewart to Tucker Carlson on CNN's Crossfire, Oct. 2004)
- "A schedule defends from chaos and whim."
Pronunciation: IN-dee-PEN-dent claws
Also Known As: main clause