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An independent clause is a part of a sentence that can stand alone and make sense by itself.
Every independent clause contains a subject and a verb.
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The dependent clauses we are looking at have become dependent because they begin with an AAAWWEUBBIS.
A dependent clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb, but cannot stand alone or make sense by itself.
A dependent clause needs to be attached to independent clause in order to make sense.
A phrase is a group of related words that lacks either a subject or a verb (predicate) or both.