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    Is "this is" a main clause?

    "This is because they have already gone home". In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is a dependent clause. Genarally, a subordinate clause normally follows the main clause. Here is my question. Is "this is" a main clause?

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    Re: Is "this is" a main clause?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanu1 View Post
    "This is because they have already gone home".
    'This' is the subject. 'Is' is the main verb. 'Because they ...', a noun clause, is the subject complement.
    That's how I would parse it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nanu1 View Post
    Is "this is" a main clause?
    I don't think so.
    I am not a teacher.

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