sentence fragment


آیا با توجه به تعاریف عنوان شده در درس، هر subordinate clause، یک sentence fragment نیز هست؟

لیلا فروغی
فارغ‌التحصیل دوره
15:27 1397/10/18
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Dear Leila,

What Is a Subordinate Clause?

A subordinate clause is a clause that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence; it merely complements a sentence’s main clause, thereby adding to the whole unit of meaning. Because a subordinate clause is dependent upon the main clause to be meaningful, it is also referred to as a dependent clause.

Whether you use the term subordinate or dependent to describe the clause, this clause’s function is clear: it provides informational support to the main event of the sentence. This main clause will be independent: it can stand on its own as a complete sentence.


We can all go for ice cream.


This sentence is an independent clause. It has a subject and a verb, and on its own, it presents a complete unit of meaning: all of us are able to go out and have ice cream. (Hooray!)

But perhaps this isn’t all we need to convey.


We can all go for ice cream if I can find my wallet.


If I can find my wallet adds substantially to the meaning of the sentence. It is too soon to celebrate ice cream outing because there is a task at hand. We have to first find that wallet.

On its own, if I can find my wallet is a subordinate clause; it is not a full unit of meaning. If it was written separately as a sentence, the result would be a sentence fragment—your English teacher’s pet peeve.

آرمین احمدی
استاد دوره
11:20 1397/10/21

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