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    Are these independent clauses?

    1. This is the women whose little boy is ill.
    2. The women whose little boy is ill.


    Here is my question. In the first, is "this is the woman" independent clause with subject and verb? and in the second, is (2) sentence has complete meaning I mean is it a independent clause? Do these sentences mean the same?

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    You are right about 1. However, 2 is not a sentence since there is no main (independent) clause.

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanu1 View Post
    1. This is the woman whose little boy is ill.
    2. The woman whose little boy is ill.


    Here is my question. In the first, is "this is the woman an independent clause with subject and verb? and in the second, is (2) sentence has complete meaning I mean is it a independent clause? Do these sentences mean the same?
    "This is the woman" is an independent clause as such. It is not an independent clause in your sentence. The second "sentence" is not a sentence.

    (I haven't corrected everything, because it would be too much trouble.)

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    This - subject
    is - verb
    the woman whose little boy is ill - noun phrase

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    "This is the woman" is an independent clause as such. It is not an independent clause in your sentence. The second "sentence" is not a sentence.

    (I haven't corrected everything, because it would be too much trouble.)
    "This is the woman" is an independent clause as such. It is not an independent clause in your sentence. Could you tell me the independent clause and why "This is the woman" is not an independent clause?

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    I think it is an independent clause, where 'woman' is modified by the adjective clause 'whose little boy is ill'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    Read post 4.

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Nanu:

    If you went up to a stranger on the street and said, "The woman whose little boy is ill," the stranger might reply: "Ok, her son is ill. Now tell me something about the woman."

    You might reply: "The woman whose son is ill has just walked into the hospital."

    Independent sentence: "The woman has just walked into the hospital."
    Subordinate clause (that depends on the word "woman"): "whose son is ill."
    Last edited by TheParser; 17-Oct-2017 at 15:12.

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanu1 View Post
    2. The women whose little boy is ill.
    It is a sentence if it is rewritten as 'The woman's little boy is ill'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are these independent clauses?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    This - subject
    is - verb
    the woman whose little boy is ill - noun phrase
    Subject-verb-noun phrase (independent clause). Am I right?

    1. This is the women whose little boy is ill. This sentence can be written as two independent clauses "
    This is the woman. Her little boy is ill". Then "This is the woman" is the independent clause, right?

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