Dependent (Subordinate) Clause
1) A dependent (subordinate) clause gives additional information to the main sentence, thus it cannot stand alone as a separate sentence.
When she comes back home after a long day at work, she likes to take a bath.
2) Dependent clauses can be divided into the following categories:
a) a noun clause is a dependent clause that acts as a noun, thus it can be a subject, an object, or an object of a preposition in the sentence.
Whoever comes first wins!
We don’t know who left the note at the door.
b) an adjective clause is a dependent clause that modifies nouns or pronouns providing additional information.
A woman who can cook well will become my wife.
Broccoli, which not everyone likes, are part of my daily ration.
c) an adverb clause is a dependent clause that modifies an adjective, an adverb, or a verb/verb phrase.
We were swimming in the ocean when we saw the lightning.
Let’s eat dinner before the food gets cold.
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