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What do you notice about the following three groups of words?

with a view of the river

wakes up early

my uncle lives on the fifth floor


The first two seem to be missing information. This is because they are simply phrases. The third, however, makes a complete thought, because it has both a subject and a predicate. "My uncle lives on the fifth floor" is a clause.

A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate.
Every sentence has at least one clause.
Independent clauses can stand alone as sentences, but dependent clauses cannot.


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