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.

the dog chased the rabbit


The dog chased the rabbit.



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


Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.