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    What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    Dear teachers, members and friends:


    Knowing full well ─I don't know why not FULLY WELL─ that a CLAUSE is a group of words containing just ONE subject and ONE verb; in other words, ONE performer and ONE action.


    (I°) Thelma and Louise (They) commited a crime and raped a boy in the South.


    (II°) Thelma and Louise (They) commited a crime and a rape in the South.


    My confusion lies on the following:


    (I°) If a compound predicate is joined by two actions (COMMIT a crime and RAPE a boy), they're separate predicates performing its own action (verb) that have been compounded into one; they have two different verbs in it. Supposing that it only has a subject, is it an independent clause or a sentence?


    Thelma commited a crime and raped a boy in the South.


    (II°) If a compound predicate is joined by two events (CRIME and RAPE) and one action (COMMIT), they're separate predicates sharing the same action (verb) that have been compounded into one; they onle have one verb in common. Supposing that it only has a subject, is it an independent clause or a sentence?


    Louise commited a crime and a rape in the South.


    (III°) Although it can be replaced by THEY, is Thelma and Louise one subject or more?


    Thelma and Louise commited a crime and rape in the South.


    Thelma and Louise commited a crime and raped a boy in the South.


    As for me: (!°) it's a sentence; (II°) An independent clause or a simple sentence; (III°), I'm still confused is either a subject or two.


    I ask for your help and assistance in this matter; I need to know that.


    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    I don't see the difference between I and II- they're sentences. III when two or more people perform an action, there's still one subject- you can call it a compound subject.

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    Re: What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by The apprentice View Post
    Supposing that it only has a subject, is it an independent clause or a sentence?
    Do you mean "one subject"? An independent clause is a sentence (though not necessarily vice versa).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_clause

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    Re: What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    An independent clause can be a sentence. It isn't always a sentence.

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    Re: What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    MikeNewYork.

    Can you please give examples about when it is a sentence and a clause?

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    Re: What are the requiments for determining when a group of words is a clause?

    It is a sentence when it stands alone and ends with a punctuation mark. It is part of a sentence when there is another clause included.

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