chapter  5
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The clause

The clause is the smallest syntactic unit which contains (explicitly or implicitly) a subject and a verb phrase. The term sentence is used to refer either to a single independent clause or to a more complex structure consisting of more than one clause, one of which is the main clause while the others are structurally dependent either on the main clause or on one of the other dependent ones. These are called subordinate or embedded clauses.