Reply to "Help Required: Is this a dependent clause?"

des3 posted:

I had a look at a website which list this as a dependent clause: "Who let the cat out of the bag".

The sentence above looks like a question lacking an interrogation mark. The sentence:

- Who let the cat out of the bag?

is a main clause.

"who let the cat out of the bag" can only be a dependent clause if it is, for example, an embedded question, a nominal relative, or a relative clause:

- I want to know who let the cat out of the bag. (This is an embedded question.)

- I know who let the cat out of the bag. (Nominal relative clause: I know the person who let the cat out of the bag.)

- That's the guy who let the cat out of the bag. (Relative clause)

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