Principal Clause :
is a group of words containing a subject and finite verb, forming a sentence or part of a sentence and often doing the work of a Noun, Adjective or Adverb.
She came home, when she was tired.
In the sentence, there are two clauses.
She came home - Principal clause
when she was tired - Dependent clause
(doing the work of an adverb)
Dependent Clause (also subordinate clause
) is a clause that cannot stand by itself, but can help to make a sentence, when it is part of or joined to an independent clause.
1. She wants to know when I came.
2. She wants to know - Independent clause
3. When I came - Dependent clause
, also called main clause
or Principal clause, is a clause which can make a sentence by itself.
It may have one or more independent clauses as parts of it or joined to it.
She decided to leave as the film was not interesting.
She decided to leave - Independent clause
As the film was not interesting - Dependent clause
A Noun Clause is a group of words and it contains Subject and Predicate of its own and does the work of a noun.
An adjective clause is a group of words. It contains a subject and a predicate of its own and does the work of an Adjective.
An Adverb clause is a group of words. It contains a subject and a predicate of its own and does the work of an adverb.
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