- Introductory clauses are dependent clauses that provide background information or "set the stage" for the main part of the sentence, the independent clause. For example:
- If they want to win, athletes must exercise every day. (introductory dependent clause, main clause)
- Because he kept barking insistently, we threw the ball for Smokey. (introductory dependent clause, main clause)
Also, if you are introducing a person, use a comma.
Example: My neighbor, Barack Obama, sings in the shower.
If he didn't sing off key, I wouldn't mind so much...