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independent clause

A group of words made up of a subject and a predicate. An independent clause (unlike a dependent clause) can stand alone as a sentence.

By itself, an independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a simple sentence.


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  • 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."
    (George Orwell)

  • "Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
    (Jack Benny)

  • "Her hat is a creation that will never go out of style; it will just look ridiculous year after year."
    (Fred Allen)

  • "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."
    (Milton Berle)

  • "What's another word for 'thesaurus'?"
    (Steven Wright)

  • "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."
    (Annie Dillard)
Pronunciation: IN-dee-PEN-dent claws
Also Known As: main clause
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