dependent clause

subordinate clause

noun Grammar.
a clause that modifies the principal clause or some part of it or that serves a noun function in the principal clause, as when she arrived in the sentence I was there when she arrived or that she has arrived in the sentence I doubt that she has arrived.
Also called dependent clause.
Compare main clause.
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dependent clause
 
n
grammar another term for subordinate clause

subordinate clause
 
n
grammar coordinate clause Compare main clause a clause with an adjectival, adverbial, or nominal function, rather than one that functions as a separate sentence in its own right

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dependent clause definition


A clause that does not stand alone as a sentence but depends on another clause to complete its meaning: “When I get my braces off, I will be very happy.” Dependent clauses are also known as subordinate clauses. (Compare independent clause.)

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