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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.
In this framework, the Minister noted that a main clause concerning the state building in the Memorandum of Understanding has not been applied under the pretext of foreign policy issues.
Summary: New Delhi [India] Dec 16 (ANI): The Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Saturday said it is opposing the National Medical Commission's (NMC) main clause that states medical qualifications granted by any other body in India to be seen as recognised qualification as prescribed by the Central Government.
Hock reaffirms his own claim that the Sanskrit relative clause is conjoined to the main clause, citing cases where there is no clear relationship between the relative and correlative pronouns, such as relative clauses serving as conditional clauses, and relative clauses containing interrogation and imperative modality.
Except the adverbial clauses of time in the first eight lines, both sonnets have two main clauses, one in the third quatrain and the other in the concluding couplet; both start their first main clause in line eight, and both begin their ending couplets with the same coordinating conjunction "And," which tightly links the first main clause in the third quatrain with the second main clause in the concluding rhyming couplets, just as Edward Hubler points out: "It is simply that "when" introduces a subordinate clause which must, perhaps after more subordinate matter, lead to a main clause, thus creating an arrangement of logically ordered elements in an emphatic sequence" (25).
this system needs to find a main clause to convert the question into an assertive sentence.
Relative clauses are mainly considered as part of complex sentences, which consist of a main (independent) and subordinate (dependent) clause (4); the speaker needs to semantically and syntactically coordinate the main clause and the relative clause.
The main clause of the indictment, which came later, was apparently was based on a poem posted on Youtube under Tatour's name, with the, " Qawem ya sha'abi, qawemhum" (Resist my people, resist them).
The first chapter of the monograph is devoted to the causal since clause, the more numerous and complex type, its relation with the main clause and its position in the sentence.
By applying a series of semantic and syntactic criteria to categorize f-clauses along two continua--(i) between conditional and declarative f-clauses, and (ii) between interrogative and declarative f-clauses--, the authors show that the complementizer if differs from central that in a number of ways, such as their preference for non-assertive contexts, the fact that they function as the subject of the main clause (usually introduced by an anticipatory pronoun), and their strong tendency to occur in informal contexts.
In other words, in this type of syntactic articulation, there is no stricto sensu connective responsible for connecting the main clause (or segment) to the concessive one.
First, exceptive conditionals establish a much more precise and restricted relationship between the main clause ('B') and the subordinate clause ('A') than the conditional if not, then.