- a clause that can stand alone as a sentence, containing a subject and a predicate with a finite verb, as I was there in the sentence I was there when he arrived.
Compare subordinate clause.
Also called in·de·pend·ent clause.
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- grammar a main or coordinate clauseCompare dependent clause
- grammar a clause that can stand alone as a sentenceCompare subordinate clause
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