I eat pizza, and I eat chicken.

If the clause contains 'and', should it be called a subordinate clause or coordinate clause?

  • Your example is a coordination of main clauses: [I eat pizza], [and I eat chicken]. – BillJ Sep 24 '20 at 9:05

[I eat pizza] [and I eat chicken].

There's no subordinate clause.

This is a coordination consisting of the two bracketed main clauses.

Note that the coordinator "and" is part of the second coordinate.


According to Cambridge Dictionary, a subordinate clause (also called a dependent clause) is a clause that cannot form a sentence on its own but can be joined to a main clause to form a sentence. I didn’t go to work because I wasn’t feeling very well (We can't just put aside the main clause "I didn’t go to work" and leave only "because I wasn’t feeling very well". The subordinate part doesn't make any sense without the main clause).

He studied violin and mathematics before taking a medical degree and doing postgraduate work in biophysics at Harvard.

The link between a subordinate clause and an independent clause will often be a subordinating conjunction or a relative pronoun: after, although, as, because, before, if, that, what, when, where, which, who.

A coordinate clause is one of two or more clauses in a sentence that are of equal importance and usually joined by and, or, or but.

I’ll take the train and you can take the car.


It is a coordinate clause.

A subordinate clause could be made by exchanging and for an adverb such as so, since, or when.

I eat pizza, so I eat chicken.

I eat pizza, since I eat chicken.

I eat pizza, when I eat chicken.

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