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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.

See example.


When I entered the room he was sleeping.

asked Apr 04 '12 at 04:20 Rahul Gupta Expert

2 answers


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:

He said.

He kicked.

Joe jumped.


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

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