Clause / Phrase / Sentence


A clause is the smallest unit of English grammar and it is made up of a subject and a verb. To have clauses, we need phrases and with the combination of two or more clauses we get sentences.

Also See:

Adverbial Clauses / Phrases
Let’s have a sentence and narrow it down step by step.

Sentence


A famous celebrity had an unfortunate accident a long time ago when he didn't use his safety equipment and injured his left arm severely. (sentence)


Clauses in This Sentence


A famous celebrity had an unfortunate accident a long time ago (first clause)
when he didn't use his safety equipment (second clause)
and injured his left arm severely. (third clause)

There are two types of clauses:

  • Dependent

  • For example: when he didn't use his safety equipment and injured his left arm severely. (second clause)

  • Independent

  • For example: A famous celebrity had an unfortunate accident a long time ago (first clause)


    Phrases in the Sentence


    A famous celebrity
    Had
    an unfortunate accident
    a long time ago
    when
    he
    didn't use
    his safety equipment
    and
    injured
    his left arm
    severely.

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