Clause: Definition & Examples


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A clause is

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1. An independent clause

2. Dependent, relative and noun clauses differ from an independent clause in that they

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will test your understanding of different types of clauses and the way they work. You will be quizzed on what a clause is, as well as key terms including independent clause, dependent clause, relative clause, and essential clause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The definition of a clause
  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Relative and noun clauses
  • Essential and nonessential clauses

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on clauses
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about sentence structure in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the types of clauses
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as dependent clause and essential clause

Additional Learning

To learn more about this element of writing, review the accompanying lesson on Clauses in Writing. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the definition of a clause
  • Differentiate between the four different types of clauses: independent, dependent, relative, and noun
  • Differentiate between an essential and nonessential clause