Definition of Dependent clause

1. 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.

Exact synonyms: Subordinate Clause
Group relationships: Complex Sentence
Generic synonyms: Clause
Specialized synonyms: Restrictive Clause, Descriptive Clause, Nonrestrictive Clause

Definition of Dependent clause

1. Noun. (grammar) A subordinate clause. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dependent Clause

dependant on(p)
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dependency injection
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dependency inversion principle
dependent beat
dependent clause (current term)
dependent clauses
dependent drainage
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dependent on(p)
dependent personality
dependent personality disorder
dependent variable
dependent variables

Literary usage of Dependent clause

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Grammar of the German Language: Designed for a Thoro and Practical Study by George Oliver Curme (1922)
"7) clause, where in the literary language we should expect the relative with the word-order of the dependent clause: Es lebte einmal ein kleiner Knabe, ..."

2. Introduction to Greek Prose Composition: With Exercises by Arthur Sidgwick (1877)
"The principal clause in the oblique statement having now been explained, our next difficulty is to know what to do with the dependent clause. ..."

3. A New English Grammar, Logical and Historical by Henry Sweet (1900)
"In every complex there is one independent clause, called the principal clause, together with at least one dependent clause, which stands in the relation of ..."

4. Essentials of English Grammar by William Dwight Whitney (1885)
"A dependent clause is joined to the clause (independent or dependent) on which ... A dependent clause is named from its office in the sentence of which it ..."

5. Elementary English Spoken and Written by Lamont Foster Hodge, Arthur Lee (1921)
"Explain the use of the dependent clause in each of the following ... The classification of a dependent clause is determined by its use in the sentence. ..."

6. German Composition: With Notes and Vocabulary by Edward Charles Wesselhoeft (1902)
"A dependent clause is one which depends on another clause for its meaning. ... In German, a dependent clause is easily recognised by the final position of ..."

7. An Analytical and Practical Grammar of the English Language by Peter Bullions (1859)
"The first dependent clause is which all mankind venerate and admire so mnch, connected to ... The second dependent clause, connected hy as to the preceding, ..."

8. The Institutes of English Grammar, Methodically Arranged: With Forms of by Goold Brown, Henry Kiddle (1873)
"Obs.— The relative clause ia a dependent clause, and the sentence in which it occurs is therefore complex. It is not, however, always a modifying clause, ..."

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