What is a Clause?

Clause : A clause consists of a subject and a verb and is the smallest grammatical unit that expresses a thought.

In its simplest form, a clause in grammar is a subject plus a verb. The subject is the entity “doing” the action of the sentence and the verb is the action that subject completes. A clause creates a complete thought (an idea or a statement that can stand alone).

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Examples of Clauses in Sentences

  • Subject + verb. = complete thought (IC)
  • I eat. = complete thought (IC)
  • Sharon speaks. = complete thought (IC)

A clause may include the verb predicate as well. But, it must include at least the subject and verb to be considered a clause.

Whats a clause grammar

Examples of clauses:

  • Subject + verb (predicate). = complete thought (IC)
  • I eat bananas. = complete thought (IC)
  • Sharon speaks loudly. = complete thought (IC)

It should be noted, too, that a clause in a sentence is different from a phrase in that it must contain a subject and a verb.

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