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HTML

            
              <nav>
  <ul class="top-nav">
    <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
    <li  class="active"><a href="#">About</a>
      <ul class="sub-nav">
        <li><a href="#">About - 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">About -  2</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">About -  3</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">About -  4</a></li>
      </ul>
    </li>
    <li><a href="#">Clients</a>
      <ul class="sub-nav">
        <li><a href="#">Client - 1</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Client - 2</a></li>
        <li><a href="#">Client - 3</a></li>
      </ul>
    </li>
    <li><a href="#">Contact Us</a></li>
  </ul>
</nav>
<div class="content">
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</div>
            
          
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CSS

            
              * {
  box-sizing:border-box;
}

nav, .content {
  width:960px;
  margin: 10px auto;
}

nav {
  margin-top:20px;
  height:100px;
  background:orange;
}

.top-nav {
  text-align:center;
  font-size:0;
  position:relative;
}

.top-nav > li {
  display:inline-block;
  width:25%;
}

.top-nav > li:hover,
.sub-nav > li:hover {
  background:green;
}

.top-nav > li.active {
  background:red;
}

.top-nav > li:last-of-type {
  
}

.top-nav > li a {
  text-decoration:none;
  font-size:28px;
  line-height:50px;
  text-align:center;
  color:black;
  display:block;
}

li.active a, 
.top-nav > li > a:hover,
.sub-nav > li > a:hover {
  color:black;
}

.sub-nav {
  position:absolute;
  visibility:hidden;
  left:0;
  right:0;
}
/*
.top-nav li:hover ul {
  visibility:visible;
  text-align:left;
}
*/

li.active ul {
  visibility:visible;
  text-align:left;
  background-color: red;
}

.sub-nav > li {
  display:inline-block;
  padding:0 25px;
}

.sub-nav > li a {
  border:none;
}

.sub-nav > li a:hover {
  background:green;
}

.content {
  height:250px;
  background:lightgrey;
  padding:10px;
}

            
          
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JS

            
              // When the anchor is clicked, the class of 'active' is added removed from the current active list item and added to the list item containing the clicked anchor //

$(function() {
    $('li a').click(function(e) {
        e.preventDefault();
        var $this = $(this);
        $this.closest('ul').children('li').removeClass('active');
        $this.parent().addClass('active');
    });
});
            
          
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