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In language, a clause is a part of the sentence that contains a verb. A typical clause consists of a subject and a predicate, the latter typically a verb phrase, a verb with any objects and other modifiers. However, the subject is sometimes not said or explicit, often the case in null-subject languages if the subject is retrievable from context, but it sometimes also occurs in other languages such as English (as in imperative sentences and non-finite clauses).
A simple sentence usually consists of a single finite clause with a finite verb that is independent. More complex sentences may contain multiple clauses. Main clauses (matrix clauses, independent clauses) are those that can stand alone as a sentence. Subordinate clauses (embedded clauses, dependent clauses) are those that would be awkward or incomplete if they were alone.

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    SA Translate this Liability Clause?

    Hi, Can anybody out there translate this impenetrable liability clause from an employment contract into meaningful English for me? <Squint> Does this mean that if the contractor does something bad, the contractor can't sue the company? Or is it that if someone else sues the company because...
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    VIC Restraint Clause

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    Cancelation term of contract

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