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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: May 10, 2016     Views: 105

An independent clause has a subject, verb, and a complete thought; it can stand alone as a complete sentence.  Every complete sentence must have one independent clause. 

Example: We went to the mall. 

We is the subject of this sentence.  Went is the verb in the sentence because it tells what the subject is doing.  The example has a subject, verb, and a complete thought; therefore, the example is considered to be an independent clause.

For information on dependent clauses, visit this Answer: http://rasmussen.libanswers.com/faq/32499