I studied some years ago and in one of my recent questions on grammarly also it came that using 'Wh-word' as conjunction makes the sentence dependent.
Is it the same with the use of when also.
When I entered the room he was sleeping.
Yes. A dependent clause is a clause that could not stand alone as a sentence. Dependent clauses depend on main clauses to supply context, meaning, and completion.
"When I entered the room" is dependent upon the main clause "he was sleeping."
ex. "When I entered the room." - Dependent Clause (Incomplete)
ex. "Where I entered the room."- Dependent Clause (Incomplete)
ex. "Why I entered the room."- Dependent Clause (Incomplete)
ex. "Whether I entered the room."- Dependent Clause (Incomplete)
ex. "I entered the room." - Independent Clause (Complete)
|link comment||answered Apr 04 '12 at 07:48 Tony Proano Expert|
Here's the concept...
A Clause has a subject and a verb. (ANY clause, MUST have those 2 things)
As an example:
As long as a chunk of words has a subject and a verb (what the subject does), then you have a clause.
A dependent clause has an extra word that can be called a "subordinating conjunction" at the beginning. basically, it's a word that connects the clause to the larger sentence and makes the clause rely on having a larger sentence.
As an example:
What he said...
When he kicked...
When Joe jumped...
In the sentence: "What he said offended me." ... the subject of the verb "offended" is the entire dependent clause "What he said". Get it? Then, if I asked what the subject of the verb "said" is, you would respond "he". I really hope that helps...
|link comment||answered Apr 08 '12 at 15:59 Erik Czerwin Contributor|