One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A clause, typically introduced by a conjunction, that forms part of and is dependent on a main clause (e.g. ‘when it rang’ in ‘she answered the phone when it rang’).
- ‘Pronouns can refer back to earlier sentences, and subordinate clause pronouns can refer forward to main clause antecedents yet to come, but main clause pronouns can't refer forward to subordinate clauses yet to come.’
- ‘The other students, English majors all, seemed terrified by the prospect of a semester of moods and modals, subordinate clauses and predicate adjectives.’
- ‘In this version the subject was placed after the verb either by nominating the object phrase first or by changing the sequence of main clause and subordinate clause.’
- ‘Even if the subordinate clauses open up a parenthesis that seems to last for ever, they do close, eventually, in a completed thought.’
- ‘The gentle chain of modifiers, subordinate clauses, and dreamlike images in prepositional phrases all render a generous, almost psalm-like appeal to the thinking person.’
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