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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Exercises
Independent and Dependent Clauses

 
 

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

 
 
1. What is the independent clause in the following sentence?
When you go to a travel agent to organize your trip to Canada, you should ask about special railway passes.
  When you go to a travel agent to organize your trip to Canada
  you should ask about special railway passes
     
2. What is the independent clause in the following sentence?
The tourists wanted to eat at a restaurant that had a wide variety of food.
  The tourists wanted to eat at a restaurant
  that had a wide variety of food
     
3. What is the dependent clause in the following sentence.
The van that the tourists travelled in carried eight passengers.
  The van that the tourists travelled in
  that the tourists travelled in
  the tourists travelled in carried eight passengers
  The van carried eight passengers
     
4. What is the dependent clause in the following sentence.
The town where he lives is growing.
  The town where he lives
  where he lives is growing
  where he lives
  The town is growing
     
5. Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?
  When you will come to my house, you will meet my family.
  When you come to my house, you will meet my family.
     
6. Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?
  I will never understand how English grammar works.
  I will never understand how English grammar will work.
     
7. Which sentence uses the correct verb tense?
  The millionaire could have bought anything that she wanted.
  The millionaire could have bought anything that she could have wanted.
     
8. Which sentence has the correct grammar and punctuation?
  Gary left work early since wanted to meet his friend downtown.
  Gary left work early since he wanted to meet his friend 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 woman finished her meal quickly so that she could go to meet her sister at the movie theatre.
  The woman finished her meal quickly so that could go to meet her sister at the movie theatre.