Let’s learn Clause!
What are clauses in English grammar along with various types of clauses are captured to have a clear understanding as well as a clear concept!
Let’s explore clauses!
In the English language, the clause plays a significant role. Clauses help us to construct our speeches in a much more comprehensive manner.
We can define clauses in a very simple manner. A clause is defined as a sentence in which there will be a finite verb and a subject.
Note the followings,
Let’s try to understand the clause with examples.
In the above example, we see,
Basically, Rohan told the police an event, hence, this represents a noun and it is a clause. It can represent adjectives or adverbs as well.
In English grammar, primarily clauses are divided into two categories:
Much like different types of sentences, clauses can also be divided into different sections.
Based on the type of sentences, clauses are divided into four parts:
So, what are the functions and differences between these different clauses?
This is what this post is all about. Here, I will be telling you the definition and examples of all these different clauses along with their examples for a better understanding.
Let’s take a look at them one by one.
The principal clause or independent clause is characterized by a sentence that consists of a subject and a finite verb. Another very important aspect of this clause is that they are never dependent on another clause, and they can form their own meaning.
Let’s look at a few examples of the principal clause:
As you can see above, all the sentences consist of a single finite verb, and they can present a complete sentence with meaning and conveys an idea or information. Moreover, they don’t need another clause to complete the meaning or information.
Some other examples can be:
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The main difference between a subordinate clause and a principal clause is that they are always dependent on the main clause to complete their meaning. Using just the subordinate clause alone is not possible since they will hardly make any sense, and the information conveyed will also be incomplete.
Let’s look at a few examples to understand better.
Much like the name suggests, the noun clause is nothing but a clause that functions as a noun in a sentence. Usually, the noun clauses are the subordinate clauses requiring the principal clause to complete the meaning and convey the information appropriately.
Let’s look at a few examples for you to understand better.
Remember, sometimes, even the pronouns can also be used for subordinate clauses.
Lastly, we have the adjective clause that is also used as another subordinate clause. Much like the noun clause, the adjective clause functions as an adjective in a sentence.
Let’s look at a few examples for better understanding:
“Whom” = relative pronoun; “Madam Jones” = subject; “hit” = verb.
“Where” = relative adverb; “they” = subject; “feel” = verb.
“That” = relative pronoun; “slipped” = verbs.
“Who” = relative pronoun; “love” = verb.
|Name of Clauses||Sentence Examples||Clause|
|Principal clause or main clause or independent clause||I want to buy a computer, but I don’t have money.||‘’I want to buy a computer’’ and ‘’ I don’t have money’’ both are clauses and both are independent.|
|Subordinate clause or dependent clause||Minu knew the girl who won the match.
|‘’ who won the match’’ is a subordinate clause and it depends on the main or dependent clause.|
|Adjective clause||She is the girl whom the teacher advises to study more.||‘’whom teacher advises’’ is an adjective clause, teacher is subject and advice is a verb.|
|Noun clause||My father’s achievement in life is that he helped a lot of people.||‘that he helped a lot of people’’ is a noun clause. He is a noun and help is a verb.|
So, there you have it, the four types of clauses in the English language along with their examples for your better understanding as well as to learn English properly.
Sincerely study the examples, and you will understand the concept easily. Should you have any further queries, feel free to reach out!