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Clauses and Complex Sentences

A clause is a group of related words that has a subject and a predicate. A dependent clause has a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone. For example: Whenever she goes to the forest. An independent clause can stand alone. For example: Avery brings her camera. A complex sentence is made up of two clauses, one dependent clause and one independent clause. For example: When it is hot outside, I like to go swimming.


Geometric Sentences Read an article in a magazine or newspaper with a family member. Underline three complex sentences. Then circle the dependent clauses and put a rectangle around the independent clauses.