Dependent vs independent clauses

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Dependent vs independent clauses

Postby Sarab » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:10 pm

When one is communicating with an associate (about future meetings), and one states: "Lets meet on Thursday mornings".

I believe "On Thursday mornings" is a dependent clause. Is my assumption correct?

I understand that a dependent clause cannot stand alone. This is why this sentence confuses me greatly.

A second example to help clear things up is: "I need to ask questions because I don't get that"
I believe that "I need to ask questions" is a dependent clause and so is "I don't get that", "because" seems to be acting as a conjunction.

Any clarification, other example or correction would be great to clarify this topic for me.
Thanks again

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Re: Dependent vs independent clauses

Postby Alan » Wed Jul 31, 2013 5:09 am

1. No, 'on Thursday mornings' is simply an adverbial phrase, not a clause of any kind.
2. I need ...questions: MAIN clause
because..that: SUBORDINATE (a.k.a. dependent) clause.


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