A Clause is a group of words but it is only a part of a sentence. The smallest grammatical unit which is itself able to express a full on proposition is termed as a clause. A general clause will always consist of a subject along with a predicate. In such case the predicate is usually a phrase of verb that is a verb with objects and modifiers. There are different kinds of clauses like predicative, Wh-clauses, dependent, matrix, independent, embedded etc.
What is a Coordinate Clause?
Coordinate clause is a part of a sentence. It exists in rank as it is equal to the main clause only. But alone it can never form a complete sentence. It is somewhere connected to the independent clause with the help of some coordinating conjunction. But within itself it is a complete sentence. The coordinate clause is linked by a coordinating conjunction, such as: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so.
- He is sweet yet he was rude to her.
- We might go to Seattle, or we might go to Italy.
- It stopped raining and the sun came out
So it can be easily seen that the phrase that is added to the sentence after the coordinating conjunction is the coordinating clause. It can also be seen that the coordinating clause itself is a sentence within but when coordinated with the main clause it makes real sense.
We require a coordinating conjunction for combining a coordinate clause with the main clause. When we combine one or more coordinate clauses with a main clause we form a compound sentence. This implies that we can have more than one coordinate clause in a sentence along with a main clause.
Example: Cats are good kind of pets, for they are not noisy and are clean.