Clauses in English Grammar

Clauses in English Grammar

Clause

“A clause has got group of related words containing a subject and a predicate”

Example:  he runs.

A clause refers to a group of related words (within a sentence or itself as an independent sentence) which has both subject and predicate. 
Example:
            I will meet him in the office.

The underlined part of above sentence “I will meet him” is a clause because it has got a subject(I) and a predicate(will meet him). and  the rest part of above sentence “in the office” doesn't have  both subject and predicate. such group of words is called phrase.

A clause may stand as a simple sentence or may join another clause to make a sentence. Therefore, a sentence consists of one, two or more clauses. 

Examples:

        • He is running.                                                                (one clause)
        • The kids were laughing at the joker.                                 (one clause)
        • The teacher asked a questionbut no one answered.        (two clauses)
        • I am happybecause I won the match.                             (two clauses)
        • I like Accountingbut my brother likes Biology,
           because he wants to become a doctor.                            (three clauses)

See also

Difference between phrase and clause

Types of clause

Types of subordinate clause

Introduction of phrase

Types of phrase

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