What is a “clause” in English?

A clause is a group of words with a subject and a predicate.

A clause is a group of words with a subject and a predicate.

An independent clause can stand alone. It has a complete thought.

Ex:

  • Maita is sick.
  • No one came to help her.

A dependent or subordinate clause cannot stand alone because its thought is not complete.

Ex:

  • because she was sick
  • Whoever wants to come along