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A clause is a group of words that contains a verb. Two of the most important clause types are main clauses and subordinate clauses.

A main clause can make sense on its own, because it will have a subject and a verb and will express a full thought.

For example,

We went for a game of tennis.

A main clause is grammatically very similar to a simple sentence.


A subordinate clause doesn’t make sense on its own, because it needs more information.

For example,

after we had lunch

A subordinate clause will often start with a subordinating conjunction. It needs to be attached to a main clause to help it make sense.

Remember, we can vary where we place clauses in a sentence.


Your Turn…

1. What is a clause?
A member of Santa’s family
A group of words that contains a verb
A shape

2. Name two types of clause
Main and subordinate
Mr and Mrs
Left and right

3. How else might we refer to a main and subordinate clause?
Adam and Eve
Batman and Robin
Independent and dependent

4. Which of the following is a main clause?
Glancing over the page
Beneath the window
The cow stood still

5. Which of the following is a subordinate clause?
My name is Reginald
I have two puppies
During the day

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