Spotting Dependent Clauses, Part 2

Though there are some nuances I am omitting here, picking out a dependent clause is about finding the subject and verb and then checking for a word out in the front that goes with that subject and verb. The thing that makes this a bit easier is that there are really a limited number of words that start dependent clauses: relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which, that subordinate conjunctions: after, before, until, unless, if, as, as if, as though, when, where, whether, because, since (and some others) Here are some samples of dependent clauses: ...that he is here... ...when we arrived at the house... ...because there were so few left... ...who is coming here tonight... ...though I am not sure of the date... There is much to learn about these clauses. I will be giving a four-hour seminar later this year on how to find clauses and what to do with them once you find them. Happy punctuating. Margie