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Identify Independent and Dependent Clauses

Identify Independent and Dependent Clauses

Author: Janice Davis

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the parts of an independent and a dependent clause.
  • differentiate between an independent and a dependent clause.
  • identify some of the subordinating conjunctions.

Lincoln was a very independent man, but he was completely dependent on his cabinet for help and advice.  An independent clause is like Lincoln in that it can make sense all by itself; a dependent clause is like his cabinet, though, as it offers additional information and advice to the sentence.  However, the dependent clause (cabinet) needs the independent clause to make the whole process (sentence) complete.

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