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A dependent clause (also called a subordinate clause) is a clause that relies on the information from an independent clause to form a complete, logical thought. As such, it cannot stand on its own to form a sentence.
There are three types of dependent clause: noun clauses, relative clauses (also called adjective clauses), and adverbial clauses.
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dependent clause

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A clause that cannot stand alone as a full sentence and functions as a noun, adjective, or adverb within a sentence. Also called subordinate clause.

dependent clause

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(Grammar) grammar another term for subordinate clause
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Noun1.dependent clause - a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
complex sentence - a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
clause - (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
restrictive clause - a subordinate clause that limits or restricts the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies
descriptive clause, nonrestrictive clause - a subordinate clause that does not limit or restrict the meaning of the noun phrase it modifies
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dependent clauses (absolute) REALIZATION EXAMPLES PERCENTAGE INDEP DEP INDEP DEP PRONOMINAL 257 173 25.7% 17.3% NOMINAL 429 58 42.9% 5.8% ADJECTIVAL 1 0 0.1% 0% ADVERBIAL 1 0 0.1% 0% PREPOSITIONAL0 0 0% 0% NON-FINITE CLAUSE SUBJECT -- 1 -- 0.1% SIMPLE SUBJECT TOTAL 688 232 68.8% 23.2% COMPLEX SUBJECT 29 8 2.9% 0.8% DUMMY SUBJECT 32 3 3.2% 0.3% CLAUSAL SUBJECT 7 1 0.7% 0.1% OTHER REALIZATIONS TOTAL 68 12 6.8% 1.2% TOTAL 756 244 75.6% 24.4% Table 3: Independent vs.
That is, it is possible for dependent clauses to be subjects, objects/complements or adjuncts as highlighted in sentences (5) to (7) below.
By kindergarten, children who can hear, are able to comfortably interact with questions, negative statements, dependent clauses, compound sentences, and a great variety of other linguistic constructions.
Connectives are used to clarify and compare and there is a range of examples of different sentence structures including exclamations, short two word impact sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences that use independent and dependent clauses, and adverbial and adjectival phrases.
In contrast to other dependent clauses, the relative clause refers to a noun antecedent, not a verb.
Grammatically complex language has dependent clauses and would be mid-way along this continuum which extends from grammatically intricate everyday conversation with independent clauses to dense formal academic written language.
Finally, we may choose to join two or three shorter sentences in a series of connected independent and dependent clauses called a compound-complex sentence, as in this example:
** The Livonian oblique mood is often found in various types of dependent clauses and in direct questions, which is not the case in Estonian.
The grammar section begins with exercises and activities for identifying subjects, verbs, phrases, and clauses, then covers independent and dependent clauses, sentence types, and identifying and fixing sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-ons.
In Cheyenne, relative clauses are also considered examples of dependent clauses. These dependent or subordinate clauses are always preceded by a special prefix that indicates the mode, just like in the rest of the dependent clauses in the Conjunct Order.
The Precessive mood forms temporal adverbial clauses, setting off dependent clauses with the meaning 'before'.
Subordinate conjunctions like because introduce dependent clauses that stay dependent.

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