Hi Teachers,

I've read that when the subordinating conjunction 'even though' joins two clauses together it makes one clause dependent upon the other.

Having said that, which is the dependent clause in this compound sentence?

Even though some people dream about moving somewhere else, most people are happy with their hometowns.

Because to me both of them seem independent clauses, or what makes a clause 'dependent' is the subordinating conjunction 'even though' before it?

Is that is so, the dependent clause is 'some people dream about moving somewhere else'. Am I right?

Thanks in advance
Hi,

I've read that when the subordinating conjunction 'even though' joins two clauses together it makes one clause dependent upon the other.

Having said that, which is the dependent clause in this compound sentence?

Even though some people dream about moving somewhere else, most people are happy with their hometowns.

Because to me both of them seem independent clauses, if I'm not mistaken. Sorry, you are.Emotion: smile

'Even though ' introduces a subordinate clause, so your example is complex, not compound.

The 'even though' clause cannot stand by itself.

Think of it this way.

If you walk into a room and say to me Most people are happy with their hometowns, I can easily find your meaning.

But if you walk into a room and say to me Even though some people dream about moving somewhere else,

I am a lot more likely to have to say 'Huh? What ?'

Clive
Hi Clive,

Thank you very much for you reply.

I added some extra information to my original post. Do you agree?

TS
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Hi Clive,

Now I got it! Your example is very clear.

CliveEven though some people dream about moving somewhere else,
I am a lot more likely to have to say 'Huh? What ?'
Of course it is an imcomplete idea, so it needs an independente clause.

Thank you.Emotion: wink

TS