A clause normally has a subject and a verb plus other words.

  1. subjectThe weather verbseems nice today
  2. subjectOne of the children verbis reading a book
  3. subjectProfessor Prune verbgave the students an assignment

Sentences can have two or more main clauses, joined by a coordinating conjunction such as and, or, but.

  1. clauseAndrew teaches economics and clauseRichard teaches business studies.
  2. clauseThe weather is nice today but clauseyesterday it rained.
  3. clauseWe could go out this evening or clausewe could meet at the weekend.

Sentences can have subordinate clauses, introduced by a subordinating conjunction such as after, although, as, because, before, even though, if, once, since, so long as, though, unless, until, when, whenever, whereas, wherever, while.

  1. subordinate clauseBefore I met you, main clauseI had no idea what love was.
  2. main clauseShe sat down subordinate clausebecause she was tired.
  3. subordinate clauseWhen the Moon is low on the horizon, main clauseit can look unusually large.

👉 See also Conjunction