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Clause

Clause

A clause is a grammatical unit that:

  • includes, at minimum, a predicate and an explicit or implied subject
  • expresses a proposition.

(English)

The following example sentence contains two clauses:

  • It is cold, although the sun is shining.

The main clause is it is cold and the subordinate clause is although the sun is shining.

Page/s: 438
Source: Pike and Pike 1982

Pike, Kenneth L., and Evelyn G. Pike. 1982.Grammatical analysis. Dallas, TX: Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Page/s: 246
Source: Mish 1991

Mish, Frederick (editor). 1991.Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1,564 pages. 0877795088; indexed 0877795096; deluxe 087779510X.

Page/s: 37
Source: Hartmann and Stork 1972

Hartmann, R.R.K., and F.C. Stork. 1972.Dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Applied Science.

Page/s: 61–62
Source: Crystal 1980

Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.

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