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Chapter 12. Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Not... > Clauses: Phrases on Steroids - Pg. 115

Clauses: Kickin' It Up a Notch Dependent Clause Until Captain Cooke returned from his voyage to Tahiti, Although they had the worst batting average in baseball, Because his salary in 1930 and 1931 was $80,000, Independent Clause Tattooing was not known in the Western world. The New York Mets won the World Series in 1969. Babe Ruth was the best-paid athlete in the world at the time. 115 Independent Clauses: Top Dogs An independent clause contains a subject and a predicate. It can stand alone as a sentence because it expresses a complete thought. The three independent clauses shown on the previous chart all contain a subject and a verb and express a complete idea. Strictly Speaking Why is there a period at the end of each independent clause? Because they are complete sentences. Note that there's no period at the end of each dependent clause. That's because they're not complete sentences. The following table shows some independent clauses divided into their subjects and predicates. Subject The door Dancing Elvis's twin Don Larsen It Predicate opened. burns up 200 to 400 calories per hour. died at birth on January 8, 1935. pitched the only perfect game in World Series history. was the fifth game of the 1956 Series.