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main clause

n.
A clause in a complex sentence that contains at least a subject and a verb and can stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence. Also called independent clause.

main clause

n
(Grammar) grammar a clause that can stand alone as a sentence. Compare subordinate clause

main′ clause′


n.
a clause that can stand alone as a sentence, containing a subject and a predicate with a finite verb, as I was there in the sentence I was there when he arrived. Compare subordinate clause.
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Noun1.main 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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In its original form, this law offered a premium for cat-heads (fourpence a-piece), but the Senate succeeded in amending the main clause, so as to substitute the word "tails" for "heads.
The document "supply contract - terms of price and delivery" of the main clause is denoted "base" and the next "option 1".
The next sentence beginning "From the left" varies the structure with a formal period that suspends the main clause over the length of the sentence until its final few words: "came a glow.
As the word 'sheep' occupies the subject position in the main clause, it would otherwise be expected to get nominative marking.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of French took to the streets in various parts of the country to condemn gay marriage after French parliament adopted the main clause of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage and grant gay couples the right to adopt children.
He filed a petition in the Supreme Court and simultaneously moved the Portuguese court alleging that the the government has violated extradition's main clause, the Rule of Speciality laws, which debars slapping of any 'additional charges' expect those figure during the extradition.
The main clause is the only clause in a simple sentence, the dominant clause in a hypotactic clause complex, or the initiating clause in a paratactic sequence.
Further, sentences written by women for both genders have a main clause frequency of 62.
Within this already complex triangulation, distinctions can be drawn between three classes of main clause predicators, according to whether the predication involved is (a) factive, (b) non-factive, or (c) neg-factive (or, sometimes, contra-factive).
The parameter "type of clause" was assigned the values: independent (simple) sentence, main clause with subordinate clause(s), subordinate clause.
Consequently, examples (19b) and (20b) are ill-formed, in contrast with variants (19a) and (20a), where the remnants are complete major constituents of the main clause.
Hunt, in his 1970 monograph "Syntactic Maturity in Children and Adults," described how researchers used this paragraph to measure linguistic or stylistic complexity by identifying word clusters called Terminal Units or T-Units, defined by Jeff Jeske as "a single main clause with whatever other subordinated clauses or non-clauses are attached to, or embedded within, that one main clause.