Definition of Independent clause

1. Noun. A clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence.

Exact synonyms: Main Clause
Group relationships: Complex Sentence
Generic synonyms: Clause



Definition of Independent clause

1. Noun. (grammar) A clause that can stand alone syntactically as a complete sentence; contains at least a subject and a verb. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Independent Clause

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indentures
indentureship
indenturing
indenumerable
indenylidene
independence
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independences
independencies
independency
independent
independent agency
independent city
independent clause (current term)
independent clauses
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independent variable
independent variables
independentize
independently

Literary usage of Independent clause

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1. An Analytical and Practical Grammar of the English Language: Revised by Peter Bullions (1867)
"An independent clause is one that makes complete sense by itself. ... Thua, "We left when the sun set;" "We left," is an independent clause; it makes sense ..."

2. Projects in Action English: Socialized Recitations in Composition and Grammar by Fannie O. Johansen (1920)
"Required: a complex sentence—one independent clause and one dependent clause. ... Paul Revere spread the alarm through Lexington —independent clause. who ..."

3. Higher Lessons in English: A Work on English Grammar and Composition : in by Alonzo Reed, Brainerd Kellogg (1902)
"An Independent, Clause is one not dependent on another clause. ... A Complex Sentence is a sentence composed of an independent clause and one or more ..."

4. The Essentials of English Composition by James Weber Linn (1913)
"ent clause; or compound-complex, that Is be made up of more than one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. We stopped. (Simple. ..."

5. A Grammar of the English Language: For the Use of Schools by William Harvey Wells (1859)
"An independent clause is one that makes complete sense of itself; as, " The trees wave, the birds sing, and all is life." Each of the three clauses in this ..."

6. A Text-book on Rhetoric: Supplementing the Development of the Science with by Brainerd Kellogg (1891)
"An independent clause is one not used as an adjective, an adverb, or a no an. A complex sentence is one composed of an independent clause and one or more ..."

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