To correctly identify and use independent clauses, dependent clauses, and phrases
To correctly write complex sentences
* A phrase is a group of words that is missing a subject or a verb. It CANNOT stand alone.
* An independent clause has both a subject and a verb. It CAN stand alone as a sentence.
* A dependent clause has a subject and a predicate, but it cannot stand alone as a sentence because it does not express a complete thought.
Here are some connecting words that begin dependent clauses: because, although, when, which, that