March 14, 2011 § 1 Comment
These lovely creatures can’t stand alone because they fall over, having only one foot and a top-heavy head. They rely on partnerships with other dependent clauses, or independent ones when they feel social, to keep them standing. If you come across a dependent clause that is by itself, the best action you can take is to find it a standing partner. Some have attempted to counsel a dependent clause into self-sufficiency but the results only yield depressed and lonely clauses. In a pinch, a tree stump will do to prop up the clause, but once it realizes that the stump has no emotional investment in the relationship, the clause will choose to fall over rather than remain in such a shallow partnership.
1. A clause that modifies the principal clause or some part of it or that serves a noun function in the principal clause.