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principal clause

noun
1.
the main clause.
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  • It usually has an introductory word to distinguish it from a principal clause.

    Business English

    Rose Buhlig
  • Subordinate infinitives and participles take their time from the verb in the principal clause.

  • Minor Clauses—Clauses other than the principal clause or main statement of a sentence.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • A subordinate conjunction is one that connects a dependent clause to the principal clause.

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    Marian Wharton
  • Subordinate clauses are always connected with the principal clause by a subordinate conjunction.

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    Marian Wharton
  • They will tell how, when, where or why the action expressed in the verb in the principal clause occurred.

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    Marian Wharton
  • A subordinate clause is one that depends upon some word or words in the principal clause.

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    Marian Wharton
  • A complex sentence is one containing a principal clause and one or more subordinate clauses.

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    Marian Wharton
  • A principal clause is one which makes a complete statement without the help of any other clause or clauses.

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    Marian Wharton
  • All of the modifying clauses must be gathered together either before or after the principal clause.

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