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main clause

noun, Grammar
1.
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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main clause

noun
1.
(grammar) a clause that can stand alone as a sentence Compare subordinate clause
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