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independent clause

An independent clause (also known as a main clause) is a clause that forms a complete, independent thought. Like all clauses, an independent clause contains a subject and a predicate (which consists of a verb and any related information).
An independent clause does not require anything else to be considered complete, and so it can stand alone as a sentence. This is known as a simple sentence.
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independent clause

independent clause

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(Grammar) grammar a main or coordinate clause. Compare dependent clause
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Noun1.independent clause - a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence
complex sentence - a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
clause - (grammar) an expression including a subject and predicate but not constituting a complete sentence
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When it is used as a preposition, it introduces the -ing form of the verb (or sometimes the bare infinitive, as explained above); but when as well as is used as a phrasal connective, it introduces an independent clause (which has a noun-verb transaction).
We also start to see how a long adverbial and a simple independent clause or even two short independent clauses and a longer independent clause may be prosodically equivalent; that is, according to the prosodic hierarchy, they may be equivalent prosodic units, and share similar tempo and duration, despite their not being syntactic equivalents.
The Cassation Court highlighted that as long as the liquidated damages clause or penalty clause is an independent clause which the parties have agreed will survive termination, it will be effective after the termination of the contract.
When a sentence contains a subject, a verb, and a subordinating conjunction such as the word although--that is, when it is a subordinate clause--it is structurally incomplete unless it is joined to a main or independent clause.
Just as noun groups can be expanded to pack in more meaning, we can look at examples of expansion in sentences, whereby the main or independent clause is expanded by adding dependent clauses or phrases or groups.
The evidential meaning was foregrounded when the non-finite verb form, which functioned as a complement of an utterance verb, became an independent clause, whereby the non-finite form acquired the function of a finite form (cf.
A simple sentence consists of a single independent clause with no dependent clauses.
The Elements of Style (Strunk, 1935) instructs us to place a comma before a conjunction introducing an independent clause.
The long dependent clauses provide the "where" and "when" information, and they build up anticipation of the "what" information that is finally revealed in the independent clause.
The clausal structure of Judges 13:21, an independent clause beginning with a negated qatal form (a so-called perfect verbal form) followed by an independent clause introduced by az with a qatal form, appears as well in I Kings 8:11-12 (= II Chronicles 6:1).
Examining coordinate structures with subordinate properties, subordinate structures with coordinate properties, subordinate structures with independent clause properties, and subordination markers with properties of both nouns and subordinating conjunctions, she argues that the associations of syntactic representations with semantic representations in mismatch cases are arbitrary and that they participate in their own semantic and syntax systems, thus providing evidence for the autonomy of different levels of grammar.
Dawkins describes a "hierarchy of the essential syntactic punctuation marks" (period, semicolon, colon, dash, comma, and zero) that he associates with "five basic syntactic structures" (independent clause, independent clause with an introducer, independent clause with an interrupter, independent clause with a concluder, and compounded independent clauses).

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