English - Clauses Worksheet
For each of the following sentences, on the line provided, write IC if the underlined clause is independent, and SC if the underlined clause is subordinate.
___SC___ 1. Although you inherit your looks, the origin of your personality is more mysterious.
__SC____ 2. Research on identical twins has fueled what scientists call the “heredity versus environment” debate.
_IC_____ 3. The debate focuses on one question—whether personality is mainly inherited or mainly shaped by family and other people.
______ 4. Identical twins raised in separate families showed amazing similarities even though the families were very different.
___SC___ 5. Not only did many of the twins have similar IQs, their body language was also remarkably the same.
__SC____ 6. One set of twins tugged at their hair when they read a book.
___IC___ 7. Although they were raised miles apart, they liked the same school subjects and wore the same kinds of clothes.
__IC__ 8. When separated twins had illnesses, they often had identical illnesses at roughly the same time.
____IC__ 9. Another set of twins really amazed researchers because both once had dogs named Toy and had wives named Betty.
___SC___ 10. Because these similarities are so unlikely to happen by chance, heredity probably plays a role in shaping personality.
_SC_____ 11. I have a twin sister, and my mom does, too.
For the next group of sentences, identify whether the underlined clause is an adjective clause, an adverb clause, or a noun clause. If the clause is an adjective clause, write ADJ on the line next to the problem. If it is an adverb clause, write ADV, and if it is a noun clause, write N.
___N___ 12. Humans aren’t the only animals who walk upright.
_____ADV_ 13. Some evidence shows that there may be life on other planets.
__ADJ____ 14. I will give whoever is the quietest a piece of candy.
___ADJ___ 15. When the fire alarm sounds, all students should leave school through the nearest exit.
___ADV___ 16. Roy McCoy, whose face is recognized worldwide, is the spokes-clown for McCoy’s restaurants.
___ADJ___ 17. This book has large type so that people with poor vision can read it.
___ADV___ 18. Good writing and speaking skills can be useful in whatever career you choose.
__ADJ___ 19. Someone who has large feet can purchase larger shoe sizes through catalogues.
_N_____ 20. Children often ask why the sky is blue.
____ADJ__ 21. You should wash your car this weekend because it is filthy.
___ADV___ 22. Whenever I need a break from life, I curl up with a good book.
___ADJ___ 23. That this is a difficult test shouldn’t stop you from trying hard.
____ADV__ 24. The thrill of a victory is what motivates me on the soccer field.
____ADV__ 25. As long as you are careful in ironing your clothes, you shouldn’t burn anything.
___N___ 26. The town where I am from is not far from here.
___N___ 27. This is the time when you should be working on English homework.
___N___ 28. As soon as I make my first million dollars, I will buy a pet chinchilla.
__ADJ____ 29. I don’t know where you put your G.I. Joe action figures.
___ADV___ 30. I enjoy the Thai food that I have tasted.
___N___ 31. My jacket, which I bought at Macy’s, was on sale.
For the following groups of words, identify on the line whether it is a sentence (S), a fragment (F), or a run-on (RO).
____F__ 32. Since she has a full schedule.
___S___ 33. Whenever I see a rainbow, I make a wish.
_____RO_ 34. As if my life depended on it.
___F___ 35. We cheered.
___S___ 36. Clean your room, then you can watch television.
__S____ 37. I enjoyed the movie because the special effects were intense.
__S____ 38. Even though Tom wanted to go to the game, he stayed home to help his dad with the car.
___S___ 39. Most people would agree that ice cream is better when it is cold.
____F__ 40. Whoever knows the answer.
____RO__ 41. I sat, I waited, I watched.
____F__ 42. Because I didn’t know the answer, since the teacher called on me.
¬__RO____ 43. Wherever you go.
__S____ 44. I didn’t see you coming even though you are wearing blaze orange.
___RO___ 45. Which partner I choose.