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Determine if a related group of words is a phrase or a clause

                 
The group of words has both a subject and a verb
NO
The group of words has a subject or a verb but not both
YES
This related group of words is a phrase! Ex: on the table, before the game, after the invention of the telephone
 
 

YES








The group of words can stand alone as a sentence.
NO
The group of words cannot stand alone as a sentence. It contains a subordinating conjunction.
YES
This related group of words is a Subordinate Clause! Ex: because I forgot to finish my homework
 
 

YES








This related group of words is a Main Clause! Ex: He was sick yesterday.