A CLAUSE is a group of words that has a subject AND a predicate; however, it does NOT ALWAYS make a sentence.
There are two types of clauses:
A DEPENDENT CLAUSE is a group of words that has a subject and a predicate, BUT it does not express a complete thought. It is very, very close to being a sentence, but it doesn’t provide enough information to finish the idea; it does not express a complete thought.
An INDEPENDENT CLAUSE is a group of words with a subject AND a predicate AND they express a complete thought. All simple sentences are independent clauses. We can also use independent clauses to make other types of sentences.
Rule of Thumb: Dependent Clause
Write a sentence, then put a “Dependent Clause Maker” word in front of the sentence.
DEPENDENT CLAUSE MAKERS:
My room is colorful. – sentence
Though my room is colorful… --- clause – does not express a complete thought!
My dad had brown hair. --- sentence
If my dad had brown hair… --- clause