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An independent clause "is a group of words that contains a subject and verb and expresses a complete thought. An independent clause is a sentence" (Purdue University, n.d., para. 1). For example, "I like to eat ice cream" is an independent clause. The clause could exist on its own as a sentence and contains a subject and a verb.

For more information on independent clauses, including how to punctuate them, please view the Commas, Semicolons, and Colons video in Punctuation.


Purdue University. (n.d.). Identifying independent and dependent clauses. Purdue Online Writing Lab.