Grammar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clause Levels

Clauses live on two different levels:

Top Level
(co-level)

main clause / independent clause

Bottom Level
(sub-level)

subordinate clause / dependent clause

 

 

  • A main clause can live by itself. That's why it's independent.
  • A subordinate clause cannot live by itself; it needs a main clause in order to survive. That's why it's dependent.