Dependent Clause

A group of words that has a subject and a verb but is not a complete sentence. Sometimes called a subordinate clause. A dependant clause needs a main clause. A main clause is a complete sentence.

  • Eat your food before it gets cold.
    (main clause/eat your food – dependant clause/before it gets cold)
  • I can’t go on holiday, as I don’t have enough money.
    (main clause/I can’t go on holiday – dependant clause/as I don’t have enough money)
  • I will drive to the airport because I can’t wait for the bus.
    (main clause/I will drive to the airport – dependant clause/I can’t wait for the bus)