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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Independent and Dependent Clauses

 
 

Answer the following questions to check your knowledge of independent and dependent clauses.

Example

What is the independent clause in the following sentence?
Hannah stayed home from work when she wasn't feeling well.

Hannah stayed home from work
when she wasn't feeling well

The correct answer is "Hannah stayed home from work".


1.

What is the independent clause in the following sentence?
When you go to a travel agent to organize your trip to Vancouver, you should ask about special transit pass.

 

When you go to a travel agent to organize your trip to Vancouver

 

you should ask about special transit passes

     
2.

What is the independent clause in the following sentence?
The tourists wanted to eat at a restaurant that had a great sample of local food.

 

The tourists wanted to eat at a restaurant

 

that had a great sample of local food

     
3.

What is the dependent clause in the following sentence.
The bus that the music group travelled in carried thirty passengers.

 

The bus that the music group travelled in

 

that the music group travelled in

 

the music group travelled in carried thirty passengers

 

The bus carried thirty passengers

     
4.

What is the dependent clause in the following sentence.
The city where he lives is growing.

 

The city where he lives

 

where he lives is growing

 

where he lives

 

The city is growing

     
5.

Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?

 

When you will come to my house, I will introduce you to my family.

 

When you come to my house, I will introduce you to my family.

     
6.

Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?

 

I will never understand how grammar works.

 

I will never understand how grammar will work.

     
7.

Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?

 

The talented woman could have had any job that she wanted.

 

The talented woman could have had any job that she could have wanted.

     
8.

Which sentence has the correct grammar and punctuation?

 

Gabriela left work early since had an appointment downtown.

 

Gabriela left work early since she had an appointment downtown.

     
9.

Which sentence has the correct grammar and punctuation?

 

Because her boyfriend is away Marlene is unhappy.

 

Because her boyfriend is away, Marlene is unhappy.

     
10.

Which sentence has the correct grammar and punctuation?

 

The boy finished his meal quickly so that he could go meet his friends in the park.

 

The boy finished his meal quickly so that could go meet his friends in the park.