Types of Clauses Grammar

Types of Clauses Grammar
Adverb Clause
An adverb clause is a subordinate clause that
modifies a verb, an adjective or an adverb.
It tells when, where, how, why, to what extent,
or under what condition.
An adverb can come either before a main clause
or after it.
Sometimes words may be left out to avoid
repetition and awkwardness.
Noun Clause
A noun clause is a subordinate clause used as a
noun.
Words that can be used: how, that, what,
whatever, when, where, which, whichever, who,
whom, whoever, whose, and why.
Adjective Clause
A suburdinate clause that modifies a noun or a
pronoun.
Use relative pronouns such as: who, whom,
whose, that, and which.
Relative pronoun may be dropped at the
beginning of an adjective clause.
An adjective clause is sometimes needed to
make the meaning of a sentence clear. That is
called an essential clause.
A nonessential clause is when an adjective is
not absolutely needed in order to express
the complete meaning of a sentence.
The relative pronoun that usually introduces an
essential; the relative pronoun which
introduces a nonessential clause.
Main Clause
Has a subject and verb.
Can stand alone as a sentence.
Subordinate Clause
Cannot stand alone as a sentence.
Has a subject and a predicate.
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