# Can You Identify Dependent And Independent Clause?

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### The pony express did not last long.

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Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given statement "The pony express did not last long" is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence and expresses a complete thought. It provides a statement about the duration of the pony express, indicating that it did not have a long lifespan.

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• 2.

### Mail was carried by ships.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given statement "Mail was carried by ships" is a complete sentence that can stand alone and express a complete thought. It does not rely on any other clause or sentence for its meaning, making it an independent clause.

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• 3.

### Because today's mail travels so slowly.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given answer is "Dependent Clause" because the phrase "Because today's mail travels so slowly" cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It relies on the rest of the sentence to provide context and meaning. It functions as a subordinate clause, providing a reason or explanation for something mentioned in the independent clause.

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• 4.

### The pony express riders would often ride throughout the night.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given answer is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence. It provides a complete thought and does not rely on any other clause to make sense. The statement "The pony express riders would often ride throughout the night" is a complete sentence that can function independently.

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• 5.

### While they were called pony boys.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given sentence "While they were called pony boys" is a dependent clause because it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It starts with the subordinating conjunction "while" and includes a subject "they" and a verb "were called," but it lacks a main clause to provide a complete thought. A dependent clause relies on an independent clause to form a complete sentence.

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• 6.

### When they carried the mail.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The phrase "When they carried the mail" does not express a complete thought on its own and is dependent on another clause to make sense. It relies on additional information to provide context and complete the meaning of the sentence. Therefore, it is a dependent clause.

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• 7.

### Because fuel is so expensive.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given correct answer is "Dependent Clause" because the phrase "Because fuel is so expensive" does not express a complete thought on its own and relies on the rest of the sentence for meaning. It functions as a subordinate clause that provides a reason or explanation for something else in the sentence.

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• 8.

### The pony express just might be revived.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given correct answer is "Independent Clause" because it is a complete sentence that can stand alone and express a complete thought. It does not depend on any other clause to make sense. The statement "The pony express just might be revived" is a complete sentence that can function as a standalone statement.

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• 9.

### Though nobody knew the trip's length.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given answer is "Dependent Clause" because the phrase "Though nobody knew the trip's length" cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It is dependent on another clause to provide a complete thought. A dependent clause typically begins with a subordinating conjunction like "though" and relies on an independent clause to make sense. In this case, the dependent clause provides additional information about the trip's length, but it needs to be combined with another clause to form a complete sentence.

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• 10.

### A rider traveled a great distance before he stopped for the night.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given statement "A rider traveled a great distance before he stopped for the night" is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence. It contains a subject ("rider") and a verb ("traveled"), and it expresses a complete thought. The dependent clause, on the other hand, would be incomplete and would require additional information to form a complete sentence.

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• 11.

### Since our mail delivery is so slow.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given answer is "Dependent Clause" because it does not express a complete thought on its own and relies on the rest of the sentence for meaning. It is dependent on another clause to provide context and complete the idea.

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• 12.

### Before the letter arrived by pony express.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given sentence "Before the letter arrived by pony express" is a dependent clause because it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It lacks a subject and a verb, and it depends on another clause to make sense. The word "before" indicates a time relationship and introduces a subordinate clause that provides additional information about when the letter arrived.

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• 13.

### During summer vacation, students could sign up to ride for the pony express.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
This sentence is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence. It provides a complete thought and does not rely on any other part of the sentence for meaning or clarity. The sentence states that during summer vacation, students could sign up to ride for the pony express.

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• 14.

### It would be fun.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

A. Independent Clause
Explanation
The given correct answer is "Independent Clause." Based on the information provided, it can be inferred that the statement "It would be fun" is a complete thought and can stand alone as a sentence. This indicates that it is an independent clause, which is a clause that can function as a complete sentence on its own.

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• 15.

### While another letter will be delivered by the postal system.

• A.

Independent Clause

• B.

Dependent Clause

B. Dependent Clause
Explanation
The given sentence "While another letter will be delivered by the postal system" is a dependent clause because it starts with the subordinating conjunction "While" which makes it dependent on another clause to complete its meaning. A dependent clause cannot stand alone as a complete sentence because it does not express a complete thought. In this case, the dependent clause is providing additional information about the delivery of another letter, but it cannot function as a complete sentence on its own.

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