dependent clause

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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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Lucky's first dependent clause rhetorically reverses the discursive act of producing a knowledge of irreversibility that is grounded in God or logic:(25) "Given the existence .
4) as one independent clause plus any dependent clauses subordinated to or embedded within it, is considered apart from initial capital letter and end punctuation.
Like a subordinating conjunction, the relative pronoun joins a subordinate or dependent clause to an independent one.
Figure 7 shows the last sentence of that turn, a single, grammatically dependent clause, with the prosody of a complete sentence.
A complex-compound sentence (or compound-complex sentence) consists of multiple independent clauses, at least one of which has at least one dependent clause.
The two variants: indirect speech as a main and dependent clause.
The reason is simple: if the coreferential NP in the dependent clause was deleted, then an ambiguity would arise with respect to which entity is referenced to by the zero anaphora NP.
Offering us a hero who is both American Christ and Holy Fool, martyr and murderer, writer and subject, Melville propels him toward his death with such abandon, with such a feel for what Thomas Mann would one day call "the voluptuousness of doom," that even his language gets caught in the vortex: in one particularly eerie passage we watch the same sentence, repeated four times, pruned of adverbs, conjunctions, dependent clauses, until it very nearly disappears before our eyes.
subordinate clause--a group of words that contains a subject and verb but cannot stand alone as a complete sentence; also called a dependent clause
It designates sentences containing a proleptic dependent clause, with the main clause preceded by a coordinator, as in the following scheme (see also fn.
If a language distinguishes (within comparative as- and than-clauses) dependent clauses containing and lacking a gap, such that the empty subject it is realized in one kind of dependent clause and is not realized in the other kind of dependent clause, then it is the dependent clauses lacking a gap that tend not to realize the empty subject it and it is the dependent clauses containing a gap that tend to realize the empty subject it.
Before we go any further, we need to define three terms: clause, independent clause, and dependent clause.
These observations raise questions about how and why languages might differ in their distribution of information over sentences, in particular, in the forms, functions, and density of dependent clause constructions.
Put another way, the dependent clause elaborates on the main message (Derewianka, 1998).
This fragment contains a dependent clause who has won eight or nine Emmys, in which the subject is who and the verb is has won.