Clause and types of clause explained

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Academic Questions in English

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Answer true of false with regards to the sentence below:

'Humility' is a noun and 'Humble' is an adjective

  • A. True

  • B. False

A part of a sentence or clause that contains a verb and something concerning the subject within that sentence is termed a/an _____.

  • A. Predicate

  • B. Object

  • C. Adverbial clause

  • D. Adverbial phrase

  • E. Half clause

  • F. Body of adverbial clause

The acronym Wi-Fi stands for _____.

  • A. Wireless Files

  • B. Wireless Flips

  • C. Wireless Fidelity

  • D. Wireless Freedom

  • E. Wireless and Free

  • F. Wireless Fun

The words massacre and bloodbath are _____.

  • A. Antonyms

  • B. Synonyms

  • C. Homonyms

  • D. Homophones

  • E. Heteronyms

  • F. Heterophone

_____ are words or a phrases or expressions that have an exact or closely related meaning with another word or phrase or expression

  • A. Antonyms

  • B. Synonyms

  • C. Homonyms

  • D. Homophones

  • E. Heteronyms

  • F. Heterophones

A figure of speech that shows a balanced expression written in a reverse order is the _____.

  • A. Oxymoron

  • B. Hyperbole

  • C. Onomatopoeia

  • D. Synecdoche

  • E. Anaphora

  • F. Chiasmus

The little giant is here

The figure of speech used in the above instance is _____.

  • A. Oxymoron

  • B. Hyperbole

  • C. Onomatopoeia

  • D. Synecdoche

  • E. Anaphora

  • F. Chiasmus

_____ is a figure of speech that uses two main words 'as and 'like' as a source of comparison between two things that normally do not have anything in common.

  • A. Metaphor

  • B. Irony

  • C. Simile

  • D. Oxymoron

  • E. Personification

  • F. Hyperbole

What is a Clause?

A clause is a grammatical term referring to a group of words containing a subject and a verb. The words comprising a clause may (or may not) make up a complete grammatical sentence.

Recall that the subject of a sentence is an entity that forms the first part of that sentence. It always performs an action. The verb is the action performed by the subject.

The instances below shows the subject and verb respectively in a sentence:

  1. I ate rice and beans. ('I' is the subject and 'ate', the verb).
  2. She danced. ('She' is the subject and 'danced', the verb).
  3. We all laughed. ('We' is the subject and 'laughed', the verb).
    Please read more on transitive and intransitive verbs explained with examples here.

A clause may include the verb predicate. Think of a predicate as the second part of a sentence that tells us something about the subject; (the subject is the first part of a sentence). The predicate always begin with a verb.

Below are some examples that shows the predicate (underlined) and the verb predicate (written in color green):

Types of Clause

Depending on the type of clause, a clause may or may not create a complete meaning. In other words, a clause can be independent or dependent.

Once again, it is important to state that a clause must contain a subject and a verb, regardless whether it's independent or dependent.

1. Independent Clause

As the name implies, an independent clause will always stand alone and must contain at least, a subject and a verb (or a verb predicate). They are also referred to as the main clause.

The components of an independent clause are shown below:

Independent Clause = Subject + Verb

Independent Clause = Subject + Verb Predicate

An important point to note is the fact that grammatically correct sentences must contain at least, one main (or independent) clause.

Below are examples of independent clauses in sentences:

Notice that the above examples contain a subject and a verb. They are all grammatically correct and do not necessarily require an additional clause to make a complete sentence; (although the second example began with an additional clause: 'at the party').

2. Dependent Clause

They contain a subject and verb. However, they don't stand alone and cannot make complete sense.

As the name implies, a dependent clause will always depend on the main clause. In fact, a dependent clause must be joined to an independent clause for a sentence to become grammatically correct.

It is noteworthy to state that a dependent clause is also referred to as a subordinate clause.

Importantly, subordinate clauses may be introduced by relative pronouns like 'who, whom, that, which, what, whose, whomever, whatever and whichever'. Similarly, they may also be introduced through subordinating conjunctions like 'until, although, because, if, with, after, since, unless, even, through and when'.
Please read more on relative pronouns and compound relative pronouns here.

Below are examples of dependent clauses:

  • Before I go to work
  • Whenever I ask the question

From the above examples, the dependent clauses do not make a complete sentence. They will therefore require an independent clause to make a complete thought.

In the examples below, the dependent clause had been added to an independent clause (written in color green):

  • Before I go to work, I say a prayer.
  • Whenever I ask the question, Alfred replies.

Other examples of dependent clauses include:

Notice that the above dependent clauses are all introduced by relative pronouns and subordinate conjunctions.

Always understand that dependent clauses does not make a complete sentence; rather they function in sentences as adjectives, nouns, and adverbs, thus giving rise to other types of clauses. These are:


  • Noun or Nominal Clause

A nominal clause contains a subject and a verb, while also acting as a noun in a sentence. On it's own, a nominal clause cannot make a complete sentence. It are written in color green in the example below:

  • I know what he is attempting to do.

Notice that the noun or nominal clause 'what he is attempting to do' is a noun because it refers to a person.

A nominal clause will always be traced to a person, animal, place or thing.

Please read on nouns formed from adjectives here.

Other examples of nominal clauses are written in color green in the sentences below:

  • Adverbial Clause

Adverbial clause acts as an adverb in a sentence. Although they contain a subject and a verb, they cannot stand alone as a complete thought. An instance is shown below:

  • They left for Abuja after the seminar was over.

Notice that the adverbial clause 'after the seminar was over' gives more detail to the verb 'left'.

It is the function of an adverbial clause to give more information about a verb.

You can read on types of essay here.

Below are more examples of adverbial clauses:

  • The lazy student cheated until he was caught.
  • The young man was heard even without a microphone.
  • The centre back scored through a powerful header.

  • Adjectival or Relative Clause

Adjectival clause acts as an adjective in a sentence. It contains a subject and a verb but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. Below is an example:

  • The young man, who gave you sweets yesterday, is my brother.

Notice that the adjectival clause 'who gave you sweets yesterday' gives more detail about the young man.

It is the function of an adjectival (or relative clause) to describe a noun. This means that it gives more information about a noun.

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Other examples of adjectival clause include:

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Homonyms are words with the same spellings, same sounds but different meanings.

Below are some sentences containing homonyms with their respective meanings:

  • Keen

We have a keen match against Ronaldo’s team and Messi seems to be keen.

Keen: An involvement of people competing very hard for something.

Keen: Very interested in something.

  • Tear

Regardless the tear you shed, Mr. Frank will still tear your examination scripts.

Tear: The drop of liquid that comes out from a person's eye when they cry.

Tear: To damage something by pulling or cutting it apart.

  • Jot

There isn't any jot of truth in what he said, so I didn't jot anything down.

Jot: A very small amount of something

Jot: To write something quickly

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Certain words in English language appear to be similar but are quite different in meaning.

The table below shows some examples:











Synonyms should not be confused with the above instance. They are different words with similar meanings.

Please read more on synonyms here.

Some words always exist in the plural form. Examples of such words are:

  • Scissors
  • Shears
  • Alms
  • News
  • Trousers

Possessive adjective tells you the owner of a thing. For instance;

This is his car.

'His' in the above statement is describing him as the owner of the car; and this makes 'his' a possessive adjective.

That is your bag.

'Your' is a possessive adjective in the above statement.

Note: An adjective is a word that describes a noun.

Possessive pronouns show possession.

A possessive pronoun will always correspond with each of the personal pronouns. For Instance:

I own the book. ('I' is a personal pronoun)

The book is mine. ('Mine' is the possessive pronoun)

She owns a car. ('She' is a personal pronoun)

The car is hers. ('Hers' is the possessive pronoun)