Independent and Dependent Clauses Worksheet

Category: Punctuation

Tackle this Independent and Dependent Clauses Worksheet to test your knowledge in recognizing each clause type. The exercises have you identify both types of clauses, and turn dependent clauses into independent ones while ensuring you use the proper punctuation.

Independent and Dependent Clauses Worksheet


For each of the examples below, identify each clause as an independent or dependent clause. If it is a dependent clause, add to the clause to make it an independent one. For sentences that contain both an independent and dependent clause, underline the dependent clause.

  • While Wendy was at her doctor’s appointment.

  • William takes his dog, Sparky, for a walk around the block every evening around 7 o’clock.

  • Before Wanda makes coffee in the morning.

  • Exercising first thing in the morning both invigorates my body and refreshes my mind.

  • While Wallace loves mountain biking, it is a difficult activity to engage in during the winter months.

  • Because it is dark out when I arrive at the office.

  • Even though Wade tries to arise early every morning, including on the weekends.

  • He sometimes does not set his alarm on Sundays.

  • Whenever it is snowing heavily.

  • Wesley grows more lethargic, moody and depressed when he does not exercise frequently.