independent clause

independent clause
.independent 'clause
n technical
a ↑clause which can make a sentence by itself, for example 'she went home' in the sentence 'She went home because she was tired.'

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • independent clause — noun a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence • Syn: ↑main clause • Hypernyms: ↑clause • Part Holonyms: ↑complex sentence * * * independent clause see under ↑clause …   Useful english dictionary

  • Independent clause — An independent clause (or main clause) is a clause that can stand by itself, also known as a simple sentence. An independent clause contains a subject and a predicate; it makes sense by itself. Multiple independent clauses can be joined by using… …   Wikipedia

  • independent clause — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms independent clause : singular independent clause plural independent clauses linguistics a part of a sentence that can exist on its own as a separate sentence See: dependent clause …   English dictionary

  • independent clause — noun A clause that can stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; contains at least a subject and a verb. Syn: main clause …   Wiktionary

  • independent clause — noun (C) technical a clause (2) which can make a sentence by itself, for example she went home in the sentence She went home because she was tired. ; main clause …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • independent clause — /ɪndəˈpɛndənt klɔz/ (say induh penduhnt klawz) noun → main clause …  

  • clause — [klôz] n. [OFr < ML clausa, for L clausula, a closing (in legal use, section or clause) < clausus, pp. of claudere, to CLOSE2] 1. Gram. a group of words containing a subject and a finite verb, usually forming part of a compound or complex… …   English World dictionary

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