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a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb

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If a language makes a distinction between dependent clauses inside matrix clauses and at the beginning/end of matrix clauses, such that one kind of dependent clause is more frequent and the other kind of dependent clause is less frequent, then it is the dependent clauses inside matrix clauses that tend to be less frequent and it is the dependent clauses at the beginning/end of matrix clauses that tend to be more frequent.
As can be seen from the example, there are two conditional sentences, both of which start with a dependent clause, "If we get back safe", and "If we don't .
Once the scores for dependent clauses, passive voice and ellipsis were totalled, the levels of verbal text complexity for each assessment item were determined as follows: a total of 0 was low, a score of 1 or 2 was medium and a score of 3 or above was high.
Such statements tend to be grammatically complex having dependent clauses beginning with words such as because .
Alternatively, maybe the original formulation was closer to: Where a dependent clause is followed by a coordinator and a clause that could be either dependent or independent, a comma before the coordinator signals that the second clause is independent.
While main clauses by definition have an interaction-related layer of organization--otherwise they would not be able to function as speech acts in discourse--this is crucially not the case for dependent clauses in various types of complex sentences, in which the dependent clauses can be classified according to the absence of different aspects of interaction-related organization.
The who versus whom cards focused on a limited use of these pronouns: dependent clauses.
Paffenroth's passion for the book's subject is evident, his appreciation for Romero's theological import is impressive, and his reading of the five films under consideration is incisive, but the author's writing style is regularly marred by sentences that, like this opening example, feature too many dependent clauses jammed into one line.
For example, he demonstrates how she constructs and manages the knowing and not-so knowing assumptions her characters and narrators make: "Negation pairs with supposition, dependent clauses with presupposition, and participials with implication.
If the speaker has had no prior experience with a person, place, situation, or thing then the subjunctive mood is required in the dependent clauses that refer to someone or something that does not exist, is indefinite, or uncertain because there is no presupposition, as in
They also solved problems such as 36/(3 x 2), which have a structure similar to a sentence with dependent clauses.
This discipline will also root out parenthical elements and dependent clauses.
Dependent clauses should be placed in content as they provide enriched meanings for readers.
Only one or two of my candidates can construct complex sentences including dependent clauses and phrases in apposition with appropriate punctuation.
The monograph is tiresomely repetitious, full of misspellings, dangling modifiers, run-on sentences, and suspended dependent clauses.