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    Default Teaching the use of 'while'

    In my course book it explains: 'While' is a conjunction and is therefore used before a subject/verb clause (main clause).

    It then goes on to give the following example:

    Let's have some music while we work.

    I understand that 'we' is the subject or work, but can this really be classed as a main clause?
    I thought a main clause was a part of a sentence (or a whole, simple sentence) that can stand alone? We wouldn't just say 'we work', so how is this classified as the main clause?
    Can anyone give me some insight into how to explain this more clearly, please?

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    Default Re: Teaching the use of 'while'

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    In my course book it explains: 'While' is a conjunction and is therefore used before a subject/verb clause (main clause).

    It then goes on to give the following example:

    Let's have some music while we work.

    I understand that 'we' is the subject or work, but can this really be classed as a main clause?
    I thought a main clause was a part of a sentence (or a whole, simple sentence) that can stand alone? We wouldn't just say 'we work', so how is this classified as the main clause?
    Can anyone give me some insight into how to explain this more clearly, please?
    ***NOT A TEACHER***I respectfully suggest that "We work" IS a sentence. It meets the requirements: (1) a subject and (2) a predicate. Tom: What do you and your friend do every day? Mona: We study. We eat. We work.

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    Default Re: Teaching the use of 'while'

    I agree with you in that the clause 'we work' does fulfil the requirements of having a subject and predicate but can it stand alone? as a main clause should be able too.
    Wouldn't we have to work something? Maybe a prepositional phrase? For it to be able to stand alone.

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    Default Re: Teaching the use of 'while'

    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    I agree with you in that the clause 'we work' does fulfil the requirements of having a subject and predicate but can it stand alone? as a main clause should be able too.
    Wouldn't we have to work something? Maybe a prepositional phrase? For it to be able to stand alone.
    No.
    Work! is a full sentence. It has a verb (in the imperative mood) and an implied subject 'you'.
    As a main clause: Work when I tell you to!

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