Structure: Main Clauses

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In today’s English class, we will be learning about Main Clauses

Main Clauses

When you hear the word “main” what comes to your mind? Perhaps the most important thing. 

In the English language, main clauses are clauses that are also referred to as independent clauses. 

First, you must note that Independent and dependent clauses are the two main categories of clauses. 

A clause is a group of words that contains at least one subject and at least one verb, but clauses can be either complete or incomplete sentences, depending on their wording and punctuation.

An independent or main clause is a clause that can stand alone as a sentence. An independent clause alone makes up a simple sentence.

As long as there is already a subordinating conjunction or relative pronoun, you can place independent and dependent clauses right next to each other in a sentence. If the dependent clause comes first, add a comma between the two clauses. If the independent clause comes first, no comma is necessary.

Let’s take a look at the examples of independent clauses:

  • It will be winter soon, so we should go for a walk while the weather is nice.

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  • There is no snowfall in Lagos, or we would have seen it by now.

lagos

  • Because the traffic was bad, she was late to her meeting.

traffic

  • I will follow wherever you go.

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In summary, an independent or main clause is a clause that can stand alone as a sentence. It can also make up a simple sentence.

Evaluation

Explain what a clause is

 

Reading Assignment

How many types of clauses do we have in the English Language?

 

Weekend Assignment

Using the definition and examples of an independent clause taught in today’s class, give six examples of a main clause.

 

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