The Elephant In The Room

“When there is an invisible elephant in the room, one is from time to time bound to trip over a trunk.”


This sentence is taken from Karen Joy Fowler’s novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. I chose this quote because I enjoyed how the author played with the idiom of the invisible elephant and turned it into a metaphor.


The first part of the sentence before the comma is a dependent clause because the “when” that starts the sentence makes the first part incomplete.  The verb is not introduced until the second half of the sentence, making the second have an independent clause.  However, both clauses rely on each other because the dependent clause gives context to the independent clause.

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