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What is a clause?

 

Definition
 

A clause is a grammatical unit that

 
Examples (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.

    Source:

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 137

  • Kinds
      Here are some kinds of clauses:
     
    Generic
      A clause is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 61–62

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 37

     

    Pike and Pike 1982 438

     

    Mish 1991 246


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