The Difference Between Main Clauses and Subordinate Clauses

Main Clauses

Main clauses are grammatically correct, full sentences that can stand alone.

The conjugated verb always goes in position 2.

  • „Ich komme aus Deutschland.“

Subordinate Clauses

Subordinate clauses cannot stand alone because some important information is missing. Without this missing information, the sentence can‘t be fully understood.

The verb goes at the end of the clause.

  • „ …, das ich gestern verloren habe.

Sentence Structure

In German, sentence construction and word order is very flexible.

There are 2 key factors to pay attention to:

  • How important is the information?
  • Is it a main or a subordinate clause?

However, not everything is possible, and you must follow a couple of rules. I go into more detail about that in this lesson.

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