# Thread: independent and dependent clauses

1. ## independent and dependent clauses

My son came home with homework and it says to underline independent and dependent clauses, but I can't remember what they are.

2. ## Re: independent and dependent clauses

Originally Posted by Unregistered
My son came home with homework and it says to underline independent and dependent clauses, but I can't remember what they are.
It sounds like a simplified way of distinguishing between a main clause and a subordinate clause.

I bought my grandson a strawberry icecream because he loves strawberries.

I bought my grandson a strawberry icecream (independent: it can stand alone without the support of another clause)

because he loves strawberries (dependent: it can't stand alone without the support of another clause.)

Hope this is what his teacher wanted.

3. ## Re: independent and dependent clauses

Maybe it's about the two types of the composite sentence: the compound and the complex sentence.
We have independent (coordinate) clauses within a compound sentence: My sister likes tea, and I like coffee.
We have a dependent (subordinate) clause (clauses) within a complex sentence: My sister says she doesn't like coffee. 'My sister says' - the main clause; 'she doesn't like coffee' - a subordinate, namely object clause.

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