Dependent Clauses: Subordinate Ideas
A dependent clause (sometimes called a subordinate clause) is a clause that has its own subject and verb, but which does not form a complete thought on its own. It is connected with the main sentence by a subordinate conjunction. There are a variety fo subordinating conjunctions (e.g.
so that,etc.), each of which shows a distinctive relationship with the main sentence. The dependent clause usually somehow modifies, describes, and explains the main sentence like an adverb. A dependent clause does not make sense on its own.
Clauses that do not have a complete thought, but complement the main sentence, to which it is connected with a subordinating conjunction.
The dependent clauses are highlighted in the following sentences:
When she heard the glass break, Mrs. Smith came quickly to the window.
She was so mad that she began to yell at the kids.
He ran until his lungs hurt.
Hint: a dependent clause can be located by reading it by itself. If it makes sense on its own, it is not a dependent clause.
Click on the dependent clauses in the following sentences.
I am against you, O Sidon, and I will gain glory within you. They will know that I am the LORD, when I inflict punishment on her. - Ezek. 28:22
And since the LORD had not said He would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, He saved them by the hand of Jereboam son of Jehoash. - 2 Kgs. 14:27
This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites. And it was done, as the LORD commanded Moses. - Lev. 16:34
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature , God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. - Col. 2:13
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