Independent And Dependent Clauses Trivia

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1.

The Pony Express did not last long. 

Answer: 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. It expresses a complete thought and does not rely on any other clause to convey its meaning.
2.

Mail was carried by ships.

Answer: 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 part of the sentence to make sense, therefore it is an independent clause.
3.

Because today's mail travels so slowly.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given correct 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 a complete thought and is dependent on the independent clause for its meaning.
4.

The Pony Express riders would often ride throughout the night.

Answer: Independent Clause
Explanation:
The given answer is an independent clause because it can stand alone as a complete sentence. It expresses a complete thought and does not rely on any other clauses to make sense. The statement "The pony express riders would often ride throughout the night" is a complete sentence that provides information about the actions of the pony express riders.
5.

While they were called pony boys.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given answer is "Dependent Clause" because the phrase "While they were called pony boys" does not express a complete thought on its own and relies on the rest of the sentence for meaning. It cannot stand alone as a sentence and is dependent on an independent clause to form a complete sentence.
6.

When they carried the mail.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given answer is "Dependent Clause" because it does not express a complete thought on its own and relies on another clause to make sense. It lacks a subject and a verb, which are necessary components of an independent clause. Therefore, it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence.
7.

Because fuel is so expensive.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given correct answer is "Dependent Clause" because the phrase "Because fuel is so expensive" cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It relies on the rest of the sentence for its meaning and does not express a complete thought on its own.
8.

The Pony Express might be revived.

Answer: Independent Clause
Explanation:
The given correct answer is "Independent Clause" because the sentence "The pony express might be revived" can stand alone as a complete thought and does not rely on any other part of the sentence to make sense. It expresses a complete idea and can function as a standalone sentence.
9.

Though nobody knew the trip's length.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given correct answer is "Dependent Clause" because it starts with the subordinating conjunction "Though" which indicates that it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It is dependent on the rest of the sentence to provide the necessary information for it to make sense.
10.

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

Answer: Independent Clause
Explanation:
The given sentence "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 ("a rider") and a predicate ("traveled a great distance before he stopped for the night") that expresses a complete thought. The clause does not rely on any other part of the sentence to make sense.
11.

Since our mail delivery is so slow.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given correct answer is "Dependent Clause" because it does not express a complete thought on its own and relies on another clause to make sense. It starts with the subordinating conjunction "Since," indicating that it is dependent on the information provided in the main clause.
12.

Before the letter arrived by pony express.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The given sentence "Before the letter arrived by pony express" is a dependent clause because it does not express a complete thought on its own. It relies on another clause to complete the meaning. In this case, the dependent clause is providing information about the timing or condition of something else that happened.
13.

Students can sign up to ride the Pony Express.

Answer: Independent Clause
Explanation:
The given statement "Students can sign up to ride the pony express" 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.
14.

It would be fun.

Answer: Independent Clause
Explanation:
The given answer is "Independent Clause" because an independent clause is a complete sentence that can stand alone and express a complete thought. In this case, the phrase "It would be fun" is a complete sentence on its own and does not rely on any other part of the sentence for meaning.
15.

While another letter will be delivered by the postal system.

Answer: Dependent Clause
Explanation:
The phrase "While another letter will be delivered by the postal system" is a dependent clause because it cannot stand alone as a complete sentence. It relies on an independent clause to provide a complete thought. In this case, the independent clause is missing, but we can assume that it would provide the necessary context or main idea for the dependent clause to make sense.
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