Diagramming Clauses

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Adjective Clauses

These are a type of dependent clause which act as adjectives. They can modify any noun or pronoun in a sentence. You might know them as relative clauses.

Adjective clauses are often introduced by relative pronouns (who, whom, whose, that, which).

In this diagram, the adjective clause is modifying the subject of the independent clause and the relative pronoun is acting as the subject of the adjective clause!

sentence diagram adjective clause


Here's an example sentence of an adjective clause modifying the subject of the independent clause.

The woman who looked happy danced.


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Noun Clauses

These are a type of dependent clause acting as nouns. That means that they can do any of the noun jobs (subject, direct object, indirect object, predicate noun, object of the preposition).

This diagram shows a noun clause acting as the subject of the independent clause.

sentence diagram noun clause


This diagram shows a noun clause acting as the direct object of the verb knows.

My mother knows I love the library.


sentence diagram noun clause


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Adverb Clauses

These are dependent clause which act as adverbs. That means that they can modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

sentence diagram adverb clause


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Elliptical Clauses

These are a type of adverb clause where the subject, verb, or both are left out. Diagram the implied words in parentheses.

sentence diagram elliptical clause


David is faster than his brother.

It's as if that sentence says...

David is faster than his brother (is fast).


sentence diagram elliptical clause


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Subordinate Clauses

All of the above clauses (adjective, noun, adverb, elliptical) are types of subordinate clauses. You can learn more about diagramming clauses here.

Independent Clauses/ Main Clauses

These stand alone without any help. This example shows a very basic independent clause, but they can be much more complicated.

sentence diagram independent clause


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