What is A Main Clause?

What is A Main Clause? :

Read the following.

The man opened the door. I went in.

These two sentences can be combined into one sentence as…

The man opened the door and I went in.

The two short sentences are linked by the conjunction AND to form another sentence. This sentence contains two subjects and two predicates.

Its pattern is…

Subject 1 + predicate 1+ conjunction + subject 2+ predicate 2

The man opeded the gate and I went in.

Each of the sentences had become part of another sentence and become a clause.

Those two sentences may also be combined into a sentence rather different from the above.

When the man opened the door, I went in.

This sentence too contains two subjects and two predicates. We have used a different conjunction (when) here and it is placed at the beginning.

Compare the following clauses.

The man opened the door…..(Clause – 1)

When the man opened the door…..(Clause – 2)

I went in….

Clause 1 can stand by itself and makes sense without the help of the other clause.

Such clauses as these are called Main Clause.

Clause 2 cannot stand on its won and depends on anther clause (I went in).

Clauses such as this are called Subordinate Clauses.

Sentence containg two main clauses :

The boy saw the moneky and (he) ran way.

He wants to go, but he is busy.

I had flu, so I was absent.

Sentences containing one main clause + one subordinate clause :

Before we reached the station the train had left.

Though he worked hard, he failed the examination.

I threw it away because I was tired of it.

I supposed that he wan honest.

The conjunction in each of these sentences is there. A subordinate clause may come either before a main clause or after it.

Main clauses are joined by words like and, or, but, yet, so, therefore, etc.

These are called Coordinative Conjunctions.

They may also joinone subordinate clause to another.

This is the man who stole my purse and ran away.

In the above sentence AND joins the two subordinate clause “who stole my purse” and “who ran away”.

Coordinating conjunctions join words or word groups of equal rank.

A subordinate clause is joined to main clause by words like when, where, till, until, before, after, as, because, though, although, that, etc.

These are called Subordinating Conjunctions.

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What is A Main Clause?

Letter Asking A Donation
Letter Asking A Favor
Letter Asking for More Details
Letter Asking for Donations
Letter Denying of Dealership
Letter for Change of Address
Letter for Distributorship
Letter for Employment
Letter for Hotel Reservation
Letter for Letter of Credit
Letter for Line of Credit
Letter for Product Launch
Letter for Promotion
Letter for Retirement Congrats
Letter for Scholarship
Letter for Settlement of Bill
Letter for Tender
Letter for Testimonial
Letter of Agreement
Letter of Assurance
Letter of Credit
Letter of Enquiry
Letter of Order
Letter of Persuasion
Letter of Sympathy
Letter Offering Discount
Letter Related to Advertisement
Letter Related to Despatch
Letter Related to Training
Letter to A Foreign Buyer
Letter to Pen-Friend
Letter to Police
Letter with Order
Letter with Quotation
Letter Writing
Letters about Company Shares
Letters by Clubs and Societies
Letters by Landlords & Tenants
Letters for Appointment of Dealers
Letters for Business Relations
Letters for Buying and Selling
Letters for Credit & Collection
Letters for Foreign Travel
Letters for Lease & Tenancy
Letters for Loan & Borrowing
Letters for Transfer & Assignment
Letters for Insurance
Letters Noting Discrepancy
Letters of Condolence & Sorrow
Letters of Regret
Letters Regarding Maintenance
Letters Regarding Payment
Letters Related to Employees
Letters to Local Corporation
Letters to Postal Authorities
Letters to The Editor
Letters Used in Real Estate
Letters With Postal Department
Letters With Railways Authorities

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