Hello there everyone,
I'm having some trouble recognising independent and dependent clauses.
1 I've got a sandwich and an apple.
2 They were poor but hardworking.
With reference to the sentences above, I believe that "I've got a sandwich" and "They were poor" are independent clauses that are complete thoughts and can stand alone.
I'm just not sure about the second half of my two sentences above.
I know that if I include what has been elided/omitted from the first sentence i.e. "I've got" [I've got a sandwich and I've got an apple], then I can quite easily see two independent clauses.
So, taking sentence 1 & 2 above as stand-alone sentences (without any other context), would "...an apple" and "...hardworking" be considered as independent clauses?
Then, there's the question of whether to place a comma before the conjunction or not? Sigh!
Thanks a bunch for your help.