Instructions: The following sentences are made up of two independent clauses with one or more dependent clauses. You are to identify the clauses telling what kind each is. The choices are independent clause, noun clause, adjective clause or adverb clause.
1. John went to school, but James remained at home because he had a sore throat.
2. If he changes his mind, we shall know for sure that Joe has learned his lesson, but only time will tell.
3. Those clouds promise rain; we should hurry before we get caught in a flash flood.
4. Here is the money that I owe you, and I am happy to be free of debt.
5. Were you ever in a storm that was full of lightning, or don’t you recall?
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1. John went to school = independent clause, James remained at home = independent clause, because he had a sore throat = adverb clause
2. If he changes his mind = adverb clause, we shall know for sure = independent clause, that Joe has learned his lesson = noun clause, only time will tell = independent clause
3. Those clouds promise rain = independent clause, we should hurry = independent clause, before we get caught in a flash flood = adverb clause
4. Here is the money = independent clause, that I owe you = adjective clause, I am happy to be free of debt = independent clause
5. Were you ever in a storm = independent clause, that was full of lightning = adjective clause, don’t you recall = independent clause
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