Definition of clause in English:
1A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in traditional grammar said to consist of a subject and predicate. See also main clause, subordinate clause.
- In each sentence above, two clauses are linked by clause-chaining without conjunctions.
- A grounded clause corresponds to the traditional category of finite clause.
- What we really have here is an adjectival clause qualifying potentially a noun phrase or a noun.
2A particular and separate article, stipulation, or proviso in a treaty, bill, or contract.
- Contracts often have choice-of-law clauses, specifying the law to be applied.
- Also, I say to the Minister that it does not appear to me that there is a treaty clause in the bill.
- Under a provision referred to as clause 24 of the contract there was a time limit.
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- Problematic sequences that cannot easily be analysed into clausal constituents appear in such contexts as labels, titles, warnings, and greetings.
- The use of ‘because’ here makes clear that the external speaker is making a judgement about the clausal relationship between the two events described in and from the viewpoint of the discourse's internal protagonist.
- Having stated this position, Jackendoff immediately points to two cases where syntax and semantics fail to match up; one concerns the grammatical relation of clausal subject, the other the lexical category of noun.
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