subordinate clause

subordinate clause
noun
a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
Syn: ↑dependent clause
Hypernyms: ↑clause
Part Holonyms: ↑complex sentence

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noun, pl ⋯ clauses [count]
grammar : a clause that does not form a simple sentence by itself and that is connected to the main clause of a sentence

In the sentence “I went home because I felt ill,” “because I felt ill” is a subordinate clause.

called also dependent clause — compare coordinate clause, main clause

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suˌbordinate ˈclause [subordinate clause] (also deˌpendent ˈclause) noun (grammar)
a group of words that is not a sentence but adds information to the main part of a sentence, for example when it rang in She answered the phone when it rang.
See also:dependent clause

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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