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main clause

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Grammar
main clauseˌmain ˈclause ●●○ noun [countable]  technicalSLG a clause that can stand alone as a complete sentencesubordinate clause
Examples from the Corpus
main clauseHowever, when a subordinate clause follows a main clause this additional processing load does not occur.Also, they commonly appear as subordinate elements in a sentence where the main clause indicates the speaker.The main clause elements are subject, predicator, object, complement, and adjunct.
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