Questions tagged [independent-clauses]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1
votes
1answer
25 views

How can I use : and ; in independent clauses [duplicate]

How can I know the second clause explains the first one in these sentences Spain is a beautiful country; the beaches are warm, sandy and clean. Remember the old saying: Be careful what you wish for. ...
1
vote
2answers
56 views

Cleft sentences (main and subordinate clauses analysis)

It was because you are clever that I married you. It was learning French that I found tiring. What are the subordinate/main clauses. I am having really hard time analyzing the sentences above.
2
votes
4answers
154 views

Identifying Main and Subordinate clauses

In the sentence: His family and professional life have made him uniquely able to write novels with a family setting which can absorb the conflict between past and present, tradition and novelty, good ...
1
vote
0answers
36 views

Usage of comma before ‘but’ in a long / complex sentence

I’m subtitling a spoken word piece, and the phrase, which is an answer to a question, is Identifying and accepting something not in its true form but as something else. I think there should be a ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Comma vs semicolon for “This is not a war, it's a revolution.”

I understand that they are both independent clauses. Therefore, a semicolon should theoretically be used: This is not a war; it's a revolution. However, I think it reads a little weird. And seeing ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Introductory, Independent clauses and participles

For many people in the US, undergoing a medical procedure can be a stressful, confusing, and sometimes overwhelming ordeal. I understand that For...US, is the introductory phrase and needs the comma. ...
0
votes
0answers
32 views

Why this clause is dependent?

While preparing for my SAT, I encountered the following sentence: "According to a survey analysis, veterans returning to the University of Illinois had 6 one “predominating request”: an efficient ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Improper placement of a comma

Consider the following sentence, "Skye will become a doctor, and a priest if he finishes theology school." My understanding is that the comma before the "and" does not follow the ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

Tense Inconsistency (Past Simple and Present Perfect) or wrong Sequence of Tenses (Present tense follows Past tense)?

In the following sentence, the Present Perfect in the second clause sounds a little off to me, yet I cannot put my finger on WHY that is. During this time (Subord. Clause 1), I was able to gain/ I ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

Is this consider an independent clause?

First, to harbingers of doom. One is the upheaval in the market for “speculative grade” (or junk) bonds. The first sentence seems to be grammatically incorrect. The subject does not have any ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Interjection between subordinate and main clauses

I have a question about this modest sentence for which I have no context except that it came to me. Then I wondered about its grammaticality. Because it wasn’t my job—I didn’t work there—I left. ...
1
vote
1answer
128 views

Comma use in Microsoft Word

I feel like I'm always bristling at Word's suggestions to remove commas. Here's the sentence I'm currently unsure about: Virtual social events are a good way to meet new people, and hosting a ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Immersed in real-world challenges, I never stop thinking how to make our world better.[Is this correct] [closed]

I've been asked to proofread an essay which consists of tons of these kind of twisted sentences. My question are whether this sentence is correct and in what case should there be a verb at the 'naked' ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Comma before conjunction

"As I saw it, the relationship between a typical African and his dog is one of tangible mutualism. I say tangible because the African sees himself as the dominant creature not to be bothered by the ...
3
votes
1answer
157 views

If an independent clause stands on its own, is it still considered a clause?

There are several definitions related to clauses in my textbook that am a little confused about, and I would greatly appreciate some clarification. Here are the definitions: Clause. A group of words ...
0
votes
2answers
285 views

Should there be a comma before “so” in the following sentence?

Consider the following sentence. JS-- is an optimizing compiler for the good parts of JavaScript, which helps programmers write efficient and type-safe code so they can develop better quality ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

Should two independent clauses separated by “and” also have a comma even when used in parantheses with the phrase “you know”?

My question deals specifically with this example: I was extremely excited, so it was hard for me even to grab the doorknob and turn it—I kept on missing and my hand was shaking, you see—but once I ...
-1
votes
1answer
39 views

Can “A case in point is Japan” be use as a dependent clause of a sentence?

My sentence in full length is "A case in point is Japan, they have experienced a drop of TFR from 3.44 in 1950 to only 1.55 in 2015." Divide the sentence by comma into two parts, I would like to ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Is this a complete sentence? Using colons

The sentence I saw: "The eggs benedict should include the following ingredients: poached eggs, English muffins, bacon, and hollandaise sauce." But colons must follow an independent clause. So does ...
1
vote
1answer
266 views

Independent and dependent clauses classification

"What you see is what you get". In this sentence, there are two noun clauses: 1. What you see, and 2. What you get. Obviously enough, it's a complex sentence. I want to know which one is the ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

Independent Clause or not [closed]

Would this be an independent clause: "This had little noticeable effect on our demographic".
1
vote
4answers
782 views

Difference between dependent and independent clauses

In the sentence "It's raining, but I'm happy," "but" is a coordinating conjunction. Both of the clauses are independent, right? However, doesn't "I'm happy even though it's raining" mean the same ...
1
vote
1answer
146 views

Limitations of Subordination and Nested Clauses

I'm an English teacher who often has to grapple with explaining to students the complexity of clause structure in English, and after reading an article about various 'longest sentences' in fiction, I ...
2
votes
1answer
268 views

Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there seems to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?

Actually, my question is a perfect example - "Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there SEEMS to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?" This one seems easy to me, in ...
1
vote
1answer
406 views

Is this example correct? (omitting subject in compound sentence)

Had an argument with my colleague regarding the example from "Advanced Grammar in Use" by Martin Hewings: In two years time Morneau will have been acting for 50 years, and shows no signs of ...
-1
votes
2answers
268 views

Independent clauses

Textbooks tell you that an independent clause must have a subject, verb and express a complete thought (or stand alone). However, I'm confused why the following examples below are considered to be ...
1
vote
4answers
385 views

Is this an independent or dependent clause?

Look at the following example 'But she was so tired, she did not finish painting.' Is the first clause an independent or dependent clause? If it is an independent clause, should I remove the comma ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Are these clauses independent?

I work as an editor for a technical firm, and I'm struggling with figuring out if this sentence and others like it need a comma: "Very limited grading is necessary to achieve the proposed grades ...
0
votes
3answers
198 views

Question regarding comma vs. colon

Consider the following sentence: In 2013 Tallinn, Estonia, instituted fare-free rides for city residents (becoming the largest city in the world to do so), but car use in Tallinn has only slightly ...
0
votes
1answer
319 views

Dependent clause w/list *comma or semicolon* followed by independent clause

Should we use a semicolon or comma when an adverbial dependent clause containing a list is followed by an independent clause? While not everyone is a Newton, Einstein, or Hawking, every one of them ...
1
vote
0answers
468 views

Why isn’t this instance of “so” preceded by a comma even though it’s beginning a new independent clause?

William Strunk writes in the 1914 edition of his Elements of Style: Place a comma before and or but introducing an independent clause. ... Two-part sentences of which the second member ...
0
votes
2answers
1k views

That we know of yet

The movie 'Lady Bird' has this conversation: (Please click on it and listen to the clip starting at 2:16) Christine McPherson: What I'd really like is to be on Math Olympiad. Teacher: But math isn't ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

Comma before a coordinating conjunction in compound-complex sentences?

As far as I know, it’s a rule that a comma is needed before a coordinating conjunction that joins two independent clauses. But the use of a comma before a coordinating conjunction that joins two ...
4
votes
2answers
154 views

Joining two independent clauses that contain relevant information

It's been a few years since I took grammar writing, so I'm kinda rusty with my comma skills. I know that one of the comma rules is that two independent clauses must be joined with a comma, however, it ...
0
votes
0answers
136 views

Does this paragraph contain a comma error?

Should there be a comma before the coordinating conjunction 'and' in this paragraph? "The High court determined that no contract existed between the two parties because under an objective standard, a ...
0
votes
0answers
2k views

Should I put a comma after “is” if it's followed by a prepositional phrase?

My thought is, if we are going to bring people to the table, that there will also be an opportunity for them. I can't rearrange the sentence because I'm doing verbatim transcription.
-1
votes
1answer
1k views

Is there a comma before “and why?” at the end of a question?

If so, would I also put commas if a question ended with "why or why not?" Ex: Are you going to bake cookies, and why, or why not?
0
votes
1answer
274 views

What makes the two clauses in this sentence independent clauses?

As I understand it, an independent clause can make sense without depending on another clause or sentence. However, in the example I'm looking at, they've stated that these are independent clauses, ...
-1
votes
1answer
114 views

Is this an independent or a dependent clause?

Is this an independent or a dependent clause? You will have to fly from Copenhagen.
0
votes
2answers
308 views

Can a verb then preposition then noun make an independent clause? [closed]

Can a verb then preposition then noun make an independent clause? e.g. he ignored how much it hurt, and the fear of death. or he prayed for miracles, and the love of god. I've tried to make ...
0
votes
1answer
417 views

Commas to separate two phrases separated by conjunctions

So I was studying for the grammar (English) section of the ACT, and I discovered what seems to be a serious gap in my knowledge. In one particular section, there were 4 questions that I got wrong - ...
1
vote
2answers
561 views

Can we use “this is” as a main clause? And can an independent clause start with the word “then”?

This is because they have already gone home. In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "this is". Here my doubt is "this is" a main ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Do you always need a comma before 'and' when there are two independent clauses? [duplicate]

I thought the answer was yes. Threads on this site in indicate the answer is yes....but then I frequently see constructions like this on news sites from writers I'd assume would be implementing ...
6
votes
4answers
669 views

What is the conceptual distinction between coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions?

While it is easy enough to identify coordinating and subordinating conjunctions by memorizing lists of them, the actual distinction seems arbitrary. Coordinating conjunctions are said to join (among ...
0
votes
1answer
8k views

The comma in the phrase “all day, every day” and more

Whenever I read anything, I often notice these commas in between dependent clauses. Are they correct? The answer I'm not looking for is along the lines of, "That's just where you pause." Here are a ...
-1
votes
1answer
661 views

Are all independent clauses sentences?

She went to the doctor; she felt sick. I understand that independent clauses can stand alone as sentences. But, would it be incorrect to say that an independent clause is not a sentence because it's ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Can a compound sentence have an implied second subject?

I've been learning about compound sentences recently while writing a web serial and came across this sentence in one of my chapters (for context, Ralphie is a superhero who has just been told the ...
1
vote
0answers
476 views

Can colons and semicolons be interchangeable in joining independent clauses?

I understand that colons can join two independent clauses if the second independent clause expands on or explains the first. I understand that semicolons can join two independent clauses if they are ...
3
votes
1answer
39 views

Does putting a how before an independent clause make it dependent?

I'm wondering if putting a "how" before an independent clause somehow makes it dependent. Example: John questioned societal norms, and how those norms affected the students. or Example: John ...
2
votes
0answers
492 views

Is “the phenomenon that a conductor experiences a force in a magnetic field” grammatically correct?

The full sentence is: [The Motor Effect is:] The phenomenon that a current-carrying conductor experiences a force in an external magnetic field. My Physics teacher says that it sounds clunky. ...