Definition of Subordinate 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: Dependent Clause
Group relationships: Complex Sentence
Generic synonyms: Clause
Specialized synonyms: Restrictive Clause, Descriptive Clause, Nonrestrictive Clause



Definition of Subordinate clause

1. Noun. (grammar) A clause that cannot stand alone as a sentence, but functions as either a noun, adjective or adverb in a sentence. ¹

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Literary usage of Subordinate 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)
"Here one of the essential elements of the sentence, the subject, has the form of a subordinate clause, a subject clause, but there is no principal ..."

2. A Greek Grammar for Schools and Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1916)
"К verb common to the principal and to a subordinate clause sometimes appears ... Adverbial : in which the subordinate clause plays the part of an adverb or ..."

3. A Greek Grammar for Colleges by Herbert Weir Smyth (1920)
"The principal clause may precede or follow the subordinate clause ... The subordinate clause is always introduced by a subordinating conjunction, as el if, ..."

4. An Advanced English Grammar: With Exercises by George Lyman Kittredge, Frank Edgar Farley (1913)
"Thus, in the first example, the subordinate clause (when they saw the ship) depends ... [The first subordinate clause is an adjective modifier of bridge; ..."

5. Classical Philology by University of Chicago press, JSTOR (Organization) (1909)
"In a sentence like "Cum Caesar in Galliam venit, principes erant Aedui," the verb of the main clause temporally includes that of the subordinate clause, ..."

6. English Grammar Simplified: Its Study Made Easy by James Champlin Fernald (1916)
"Here the relative clause "which he had promised me" is dependent upon the subordinate clause "because he had come to bring me the book. ..."

7. English Grammar Simplified: Its Study Made Easy by James Champlin Fernald (1916)
"Here the relative clause "which he had promised me" is dependent upon the subordinate clause "because he had come to bring me the book. ..."

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