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Complex sentences

Clauses are groups of words that form sentences. A clause must contain a subject and a verb.
There are two types of clauses:

  • independent - expresses a complete idea, ie a sentence, and makes sense all by itself
  • dependent - does not express a complete idea, it is a part sentence, and does not make sense by itself).

Dependent clauses begin with a subordinating conjunction, eg who, when, while, that, because, since, although.


Example of a dependent and independent clause.


Activity 3



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