main clause


main clause
.main 'clause
n
technical a ↑clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence

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  • main clause — main clauses N COUNT A main clause is a clause that can stand alone as a complete sentence. Compare subordinate clause …   English dictionary

  • main clause — main′ clause′ n. gram. 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 …   From formal English to slang

  • main clause — noun count a CLAUSE that can be a sentence on its own …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • main clause — n. Gram. INDEPENDENT CLAUSE …   English World dictionary

  • main clause — noun a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence • Syn: ↑independent clause • Hypernyms: ↑clause • Part Holonyms: ↑complex sentence * * * Gram. a clause that can stand alone as a sentence, containing a subject and a …   Useful english dictionary

  • main clause — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms main clause : singular main clause plural main clauses linguistics a clause that can be a sentence on its own …   English dictionary

  • main clause — /ˈmeɪn klɔz/ (say mayn klawz) noun (in a complex sentence) the clause which may stand syntactically as a sentence by itself; independent clause. For example, in I was out when he came in, the main clause is I was out …   Australian English dictionary

  • main clause — noun A clause that can stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; contains at least a subject and a verb. Syn: independent clause, matrix clause …   Wiktionary

  • main clause — Gram. 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. Cf. subordinate clause. * * * …   Universalium

  • main clause — independent clause, group of words within a sentence that can act as a sentence (Grammar) …   English contemporary dictionary