Identifying the main clause and the subordinate clause
What is the main clause?
A main clause is a clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence.
What is a subordinate clause?
A clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause.
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Read the following sentences and underline the main clauses in red and the subordinate clauses in blue.
1. I am not a big fan of the movie, even though the actors were good.
2. The flowers, which had bloomed in the spring, were fading fast.
3. My mum sat on the sofa, while the children played on the floor.
4. Joe played tennis, after Sam watched TV.
5. When I got home, I cooked dinner and cleaned my room.
6. The concert was amazing, as I had expected.
7. I ate 7 slices of pizza, because I was hungry.
8. Even though he had a cold, he went to school to finish his presentation.
9. She spoke endlessly about fairy tales, when she was younger.
10. I went to the gym, before the sun set.