Independent Clause
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Independent Clause

An independent clause (or main clause) is a clause that can stand by itself as a simple sentence. An independent clause contains a subject and a predicate and makes sense with another word(s).

Independent clauses can be joined by using a semicolon or by using a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet, etc.).


In the following example sentences, independent clauses are underlined, and conjunctions are in bold.

Single independent clauses:

  • I have enough money to buy an ice cream cone.
  • My favourite flavour is chocolate.

Multiple independent clauses:

  • I have enough money to buy an ice cream cone; my favorite flavor is chocolate.
  • I have enough money to buy an ice cream cone, so let's go to the shop.

See also


  • Rozakis, Laurie (2003). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style pp. 152. Alpha. ISBN 1-59257-115-8.

External links

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