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

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Example sentences
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.
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