independent clause

main clause

noun Grammar.
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.
Also called independent clause.
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independent clause
 
n
grammar Compare dependent clause a main or coordinate clause

main clause
 
n
grammar Compare subordinate clause a clause that can stand alone as a sentence

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independent clause definition


A clause that can stand alone as a sentence. The following sentence consists of two independent clauses joined by but: “The farmers complained of the low price of food, but the office workers did not complain.” (Compare dependent clause.)

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