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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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In our study, relative clauses were often replaced with simpler dependent clauses, mostly object clauses and clauses of purpose; less often they were replaced with independent and simple clauses.
Such statements tend to be grammatically complex having dependent clauses beginning with words such as because .
Finally, we may choose to join two or three shorter sentences in a series of connected independent and dependent clauses called a compound-complex sentence, as in this example:
The reported indicative of Livonian resembles formally and distributionally more the respective category in South Estonian than the reported indicative in Standard Estonian: Livonian and South Estonian forms of the reported indicative originate in nominative or genitive participles and occur in dependent clauses whereas their Standard Estonian counterparts are based on a partitive participle and are, as a rule, restricted to independent clauses.
The Concessive forms dependent clauses, adding meanings like 'although', 'even though', and 'even if'.
Another characteristic of relative clauses in Cheyenne is that only the verb in the main clause shows full agreement, in terms of prefix and suffix, with their arguments, since it appears in the Independent Order; however, the verb in the dependent clause, as it is typical of the Conjunct Order, only marks agreement in the suffix.
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.
The facility with which Barton creates rhetorical enjambments is readily evident, as is the strong rhythm and music of his lines, built as they are upon a proliferation of well-controlled dependent clauses.
Even though Sessarego (2008) provided an empirically-verifiable analysis of the conditions favoring and disfavoring the occurrence of the present subjunctive in nominal dependent clauses, for Peruvian and Bolivian Spanish, it still remains to be explained whether the phenomenon is restricted to these two varieties of Andean Spanish or is it also found in other dialects.
don't go'), just as in most main clauses and unlike in dependent clauses.
So far, the discussion has been confined to constructions with finite dependent clauses, but if we also take nonfinite constructions into account, the similarity with the domain of complementation becomes even more striking, especially for relations of purpose.
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