main clause

noun

Definition of main clause

grammar
:a clause that could be used by itself as a simple sentence but that is part of a larger sentence

Word by Word Definitions

main play
  1. : physical strength : force

  2. : mainland

  3. : high sea

  1. : chief, principal

  2. : fully exerted : sheer

  3. : of or relating to a broad expanse (as of sea)

clause play
  1. : a group of words containing a subject and predicate and functioning as a member of a complex (see 2complex 1b(2)) or compound (see 2compound 3b) sentence

  2. : a separate section of a discourse (see 1discourse 3) or writing


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