Relating Ideas in a Sentence
A clause contains both a subject and a verb. There are a variety of clause types.
There are customers in this coffee shop who have preferred decaffeinated coffee for years.
There are many grains of wheat in a loaf of bread.
There are red picnic tables in the park.
An independent clause is a complete sentence when used alone. It contains the subject and the verb of a sentence. Independent clauses are also named 'main clauses'.
There are a number of employees in this food service company.
There are quick-stop markets in town.
A dependent clause is not a complete sentence and must be used together with an independent clause.
who have used a polluted food processing system
who have been bringing condiment production in-house
A relative clause modifies a noun or noun phrase and is dependent. Relative clauses provide additional information which identifies or describes a noun. Relative clauses are also referred to as adjective clauses.
There is meat in the freezer that has been frozen for three months..
There is canned food in the discard pile that has been punctured in transport.