Clauses

By: Anna Grace and Luke

What is a Clause and how do you use it?

A group of words that contain a subject and it's predicate. A subject opens a clause or asks a question and a predicate closes or answers it. The clause is commonly confused with a sentence. Sentences are complete thoughts while clauses sometimes aren't. A subject can be called a dependent or subordinate clause, while a predicate can be called an Independent clause.


When using clauses, you start with a conjunction. For example,

-Since

-While

-though

-When

-Whenever

-If


After you find the perfect word, you start putting your clauses together. Your first clause will be a subject or a question and your second will be a predicate or a answer.


If we already know this, then why do we have to practice it?

subject, predicate

Examples of Clauses

Ex #1:

If you do what you're supposed to, you will be rewarded.


Could you find the two different clauses in that sentence?


The first clause is an dependent clause because it is not finished.

The second clause is independent, because one could write it by itself and it would make sense.


Ex #2:


After he jumped, he landed safely on the ground.


Can you find the clauses that make up that sentence?


The first clause is a dependent clause.

"After he jumped,"


The second was an Independent clause.

"he landed safely on the ground."

More examples of Clauses

Practice



1. When I read,


What could be the predicate of this subject?


ex:

When I read, I read from left to right.


2. -I jump up in surprise.


What could be the subject of this predicate?


ex: Sometimes when the bell rings, I jump up in surprise.


3. Yesterday while packing my book bag, I forgot to put in my science homework.


Which part of the sentence is the subject of the clauses?


4. When the show starts, I will take a seat.


Which one is the dependent clause?


5. When I start a book, I always finish it.


Which one is the independent clause?


6. Sometimes when I run, I trip on my own two feet.


Which one is the predicate?


7. When I sit down, I will look through my Playbill.


Identify the subject and the predicate.


8. Whenever the gun shot sounds, I sprint forwards.


Identify the subject and the predicate.

Answers



3. Yesterday while packing my book bag, I forgot to put in my science homework.


4. When the show starts, I will take my seat.

5. When I start a book, I always finish it.

6. Sometimes when I run, I trip on my own two feet.

7. When I sit down, I will look through my playbill.

subject: When I sit down,

predicate: I will look my Playbill.


8. Whenever the gun shot sounds, I sprint forwards.

subject: Whenever the gun shot sounds,

predicate: I sprint forwards.