Two words you’ll hear grammarians throw out are clause and phrase. What’s the difference?
In short, a clause contains a subject doing the verb while a phrase doesn’t.
Take this sentence for example.
For the first time in 11 years, I ate fried chicken.
In this example, everything before the comma is a phrase and everything after the comma is a clause (I is the subject and ate is the verb the subject is doing.
Clear as mud?
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