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Dependent Clauses

A dependent clause cannot stand by itself like an independent clause. It must be combined with an independent clause in order to become a sentence.

Dependent clauses can perform a variety of different functions within a sentence. They can be noun clauses, adverb clauses, or adjective clauses. Noun clauses can do anything a noun can do in a sentence. For example, "What he knows about boxing is not important to me." Adverb clauses tell us about what is going on in the independent clause: where, when, or why. For example, "When the game is over, we'll go get some burgers." Adjective clauses function just like multi-word adjectives to modify a noun. For example, "My wife, who is a video producer, has just completed an award-winning documentary about music."


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