What is a clause?

In many ways, a clause is the same thing as a sentence. In fact, we often use the words "clause" and "sentence" interchangeably. However, they are not the exact same thing.

So what's the difference?

Not much. An independent clause can be turned into a sentence simply by capitalizing the first word and putting a period at the end.

However, there are other kinds of clauses that can't be turned into sentences quite so easily.

For now, let's define a clause like this:

Study the following examples:

Subject Predicate
the dog chased the rabbit
the singer is very talented
my friend won the race
Betty likes classical music
the horse drank water