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Last Updated: Jun 05, 2015     Views: 135

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.

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