- Clausal Coordination
- Matrix Clause
- Practice in Identifying Independent and Dependent Clauses
- SVO (Subject-Verb-Object)
Examples and Observations:
- "I can believe anything, provided that it is quite incredible."
- "When liberty is taken away by force, it can be restored by force. When it is relinquished voluntarily by default, it can never be recovered."
- "The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe."
- "When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.
- "[A main clause is a] clause which bears no relation, or no relation other than coordination to any other or larger clause. Thus the sentence I said I wouldn't is as a whole a single main clause; in He came but I had to leave two main clauses are linked in coordination by but."
(P.H. Matthews, "main clause," The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Oxford University Press, 1997)
- "An intelligence service is, in fact, a stupidity service."
(E. B. White)
- "This is the sixth book I've written, which isn't bad for a guy who's only read two."
- "Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own."
- "Your life story would not make a good book. Don't even try."
- "What's another word for 'thesaurus'?"
- "A schedule defends from chaos and whim."
Also Known As: base clause