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    clause and sentence

    what are the differences between a clause and a sentence?

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    Re: clause and sentence

    A clause is a group of words that contain a subject and a verb. If if makes sense by itself it is an independent clause, and can function on its own as a sentence.

    The dog saw the cat. This is an independent clause functioning as a complete sentence

    If the clause does not make sense by itself, then it is a dependent clause and must be used as part of a complex sentence.

    so the cat ran away This is a dependent clause. It contains a subject (cat) and a verb (ran), but it does not express a complete thought.

    The complex sentence looks like this:

    The dog saw the cat, so the cat ran away.

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