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    The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, (its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark), either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet

    is the part in parenthesis a clause? let me know:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    The single-family house constructed by the Yana, a Native American people who lived in what is now northern California, was conical in shape, (its framework of poles overlaid with slabs of bark), either cedar or pine, and banked with dirt to a height of three to four feet

    is the part in parenthesis a clause? let me know:)
    If you omit the clause's verb, the resulting structure becomes a phrase:
    Ex: ... its framework of poles (was) overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and ... .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    If you omit the clause's verb, the resulting structure becomes a phrase:
    Ex: ... its framework of poles (was) overlaid with slabs of bark, either cedar or pine, and ... .
    oh isn't overlaid a verb?

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    Re: clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    oh isn't overlaid a verb?
    Yes it is, it is the past tense and participle of the verb "to overlay".

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    Re: clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    oh isn't overlaid a verb?
    In the context you provided, it functions as a past participle:
    Passive
    Ex: its framework of poles (was) overlaid with slabs of bark. <past participle>


    overlay, overlie, overlaying, overlaid, overlays- WordWeb dictionary definition


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