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Section 12.6.1.1

The Main Clause

Like all independent clauses, the main clause mustcontain a tensed verb and a subject. In complexsentences, the independent clause is the main clause. Main clauses do nothave a fixed place in the order of complex sentences--they may begin thesentence, come in the middle, or end the sentence.


Since the sun and Earth are embedded in the galaxy, it isdifficult for us to obtain an overall view of the galaxy.

--"The Milky Way," Compton's Encyclopedia


The main clause should contain the most importantinformation in the sentence.

For more on main clauses and ordering, see Placement ofPhrases and Clauses.

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