Identifying Dependent Clauses

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Identifying Dependent Clauses

For each of the following sentences, please determine if they contain a dependent clause. Here is an example: Sentence: In 1985, the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by French secret service agents. Answer: no independent clause. Explanation. The sentence consists of just one independent clause. Note: If you click on the start button and nothing happens, it's likely that you're using Safari as your browser. For an easy solution, please consult our FAQ section (https://natureofwriting. Com/frequently-asked-questions/).


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  • 1. 
    The Naga people of northern India used to be headhunters, and they marked their successes with tattoos.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 2. 
    Terry visits her grandmother twice a week, even though it’s getting harder to communicate.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 3. 
    Who thinks that a basic haircut should cost the same for men and women?
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 4. 
    The hippopotamus is a deadly animal, killing scores of people every year.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 5. 
    As soon as Tessa got a microscope for her birthday she started collecting strange-looking bugs.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 6. 
    The next song is by the band Detritus, and it’s called “Dumped Again.”
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 7. 
    Few things are as embarrassing as dress pants that are too short.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 8. 
    He’s a bit of a loose cannon, if you know what I mean.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 9. 
    Philippa usually had a shot of tequila before directing the church choir. 
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause

  • 10. 
    Complete freedom of speech sounds wonderful, but it is impossible to achieve in practice.
    • A. 

      This sentence lacks a dependent clause

    • B. 

      This sentence contains a dependent clause