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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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for main clause
  • The objection is that the interposed phrase or clause needlessly interrupts the natural order of the main clause.
  • Do not use a semicolon between a clause and a phrase, or a main clause and a subordinate clause.
  • Use commas to set off a nonrestrictive dependent clause that follows a main clause or falls within the main clause.
  • The colon is placed between two clauses when the first main clause introduces an explanation or description.
  • Their use is for sudden breaks in thought that change the sentence structure or amplify and expand a phrase in the main clause.
  • It is used to join a dependent clause to a main clause.
British Dictionary definitions for main clause

main clause

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