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principal clause

noun
1.
the main clause.
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  • Subordinate infinitives and participles take their time from the verb in the principal clause.

  • Subordinate clauses are always connected with the principal clause by a subordinate conjunction.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • A complex sentence is one containing a principal clause and one or more subordinate clauses.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • All of the modifying clauses must be gathered together either before or after the principal clause.

  • Department stores of all large cities are acquiring them is also a principal clause.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
  • The principal clause in his will was expressed in these terms:—“Let the people of Rome inherit all my fortunes.”

  • They will tell how, when, where or why the action expressed in the verb in the principal clause occurred.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • A complex sentence contains one principal clause and one or more subordinate clauses.

    Business English Rose Buhlig
  • A subordinate clause is one that depends upon some word or words in the principal clause.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • This really amounts to the conclusion, or principal clause, in a sentence, of which the condition is omitted.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell

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