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Understanding the structure and types of clauses is crucial for mastering sentence construction, which is a key component of the GRE verbal section.
  • Every clause must contain a subject and a full verb, highlighting the necessity of a complete verb rather than just a verb form.
  • There are two main types of clauses: independent clauses, which can stand alone as complete sentences, and dependent clauses, which act as modifiers and cannot stand alone.
  • A sentence must have at least one independent clause to be considered complete, and this clause carries the main subject and verb of the sentence.
  • Dependent clauses serve as modifiers and are introduced by subordinate conjunctions, adding depth to the sentence without forming complete sentences on their own.
The Essence of Clauses
Independent vs. Dependent Clauses
The Structure of Sentences