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A dependent clause is a group of words that contain a subject and a verb, but it does not have a complete thought. A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a sentence.
Example: Because Jamie ran to the store.
The above sentence is a dependent clause. It has a subject (Jamie) and a verb (ran), but it lacks a complete thought. What happened because Jamie ran to the store? We are left wondering what is happening. The word because is what makes this sentence a dependent clause.
A dependent clause has dependent markers that change what would be a complete sentence to an incomplete thought. Here are a few examples of dependent word markers:
because, although, since, even though, if, as if, even if, in order to, though, when, etc.
Also see independent clauses.