- Independent Clauses
Instructions: write an original independent clause for each of the dependent clauses below, thus making the group of words into a complete sentence. For example, if the dependent clause says “Because I saw the cat,” follow it with an independent clause like “l avoided disaster,” thus making the sentence read, “Because I saw the cat, I avoided disaster.”
(Remember the subordinating conjunctions: because, although, if, unless, when, after, whenever, wherever, before, since)
The Dependent (Subordinate) Clauses
- Because I saw the cat,
- Although I saw the cat,
- lf I saw the cat,
- Unless I saw the cat,
- When I saw the cat,
- After I saw the cat,
- Whenever I saw the cat,
- Wherever I saw the cat,
- Before I saw the cat,
- Since I saw the cat,
Now write 5 of your own sentences beginning with subordinating (dependent) clauses
Next, write a dependent clause to follow each of the following independent clauses.
Remember that a dependent clause that comes at the end of a sentence does NOT have a comma before it.
- Ernest had a tantrum (insert dependent clause here).
- Penelope lost her pocket protector
- Oscar went to the Antarctic
- Poindexter changed his hairstyle
- The fairy princess sat on the toadstool
- Fiddling madly, the frog prince danced on the lily pad
- Todd came to disaster
- Olivia pranced around the tennis court
- The Gila monster snapped greedily at the helpless infant
- The Ipod’s battery slowly died
- In spite of the raging storm, the brave doggie ventured out of the house
- ln the castle of the monster with one eye, a dragon slept warily
- Screeching with laughter, the children sprinted down the forest path
- The elephant sadly swung her tail.
Now write 5 of your own sentences. Begin with an independent clause and end with a subordinating conjunction and dependent clause.
Write another independent clause for each one given below. Connect the two independent clauses with a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, nor, or, so, or yet). Example: The young goat lay on the ground, and a cow came by and kicked him.
- The old man spit on the ground (insert a comma, a coordinating conjunction, and another independent clause here).
- The pickle fermented in the jar
- Veronica gave a forlorn sigh
- The spy peeped into the old mansion
- The student gave the classroom turtle a quizzical wink
- Superman swooped down from the skyscraper
- Mr. Fredrick handed Peter yet another detention
- The platypus gave a little hop of joy as he climbed up the flowery bank of the river
- The striped suit fitted him badly and made him look like a buffoon
- The razor-sharp blade whistled through the air