main clause


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a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence

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The main clause (in italics) is completely innocuous; the information to be conveyed is in the subordinate clauses.
This NP is marked for the case required in the main clause.
The French parliament adopted Saturday the main clause of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage and grant gay couples the right to adopt children.
Women, on the other hand, according to him, rather use main clauses bound together by the conjunction 'and'.
One is a semantic-syntactic feature, namely that the predication of the main clause (gave me the odd idea) is a neg-factive form.
All parameters were observed in the "environment" of the two constructions, so that the computed values pertain to the matrix verb (in the case of PNF) or to the verb in the main clause (in the case of FSC).
Versions (23e) and (23f), both without direct object updates, can be analyzed as legal FCR structures since they do allow left-peripheral borrowing of the direct object--with the complement clause or the main clause as coordination domain in (23e) and (23f), respectively.
You've got, this acts like a subordinate clause dropped in the middle of your main clause.
The set-up of the sub-problem of Pareto-optimal ESS IPS complex correction for instantaneous states in normal conditions, in the scope of main clauses of GMRG and considering the first main clause, in particular at application of the theory of implicit functions by continuous idealisation of changes of variables, leads to the following multi-objective search:
Middle Egyptian) circumstantial, not a Middle Egyptian main clause or Late Egyptian circumstantial clause as might be expected (pp.
They are: (a) the main clause which introduces a paratactic sequence or the dominant clause in a hypotactic lause relationship; (b) the hypotactic clause which is dependent on another clause but does not assume an integral role in that clause, examples are adverbial clauses, clauses expressed through verbs of thinking or saying, and nonrestrictive relative clauses; (c) the paratactic clause which is linked to the main clause by a coordinating conjunction; and (d) the embedded clause, which unlike the hypotactic clause, is dependent on another clause and is an integral part of that clause, examples of such clauses are restrictive relative clauses, comparative clauses, and complementizer clauses.
In a revision of his 2003 doctoral dissertation at the University of Helsinki, Miestamo analyzes the semantic, pragmatic, and linguistic effects of negating the main clause in a sentence.
Just in case the cure eludes, here's what you needed to know: Participial phrase Walking by one evening does not logically attach to the lights, which is the subject of the main clause and which do not perambulate.
Notice that this introductory clause merely states one reason for the main clause; it does not modify any part of the main clause, ``.
But the first hemistich frequently contains a verb as well as a subject; or a main clause may fill the first hemistich, to be followed by a relative clause or complement in the second (numerous examples of both are found in the first laisse of the Charroi de Nimes alone).