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Given that he is a liar, we cannot trust him.
Now, the second part is a main clause. I am confused as to what the first part is, however. Can anyone help?
Thanks for the quick response. Just to clarify what non-finite subordinate clauses actually are - are they basically 'verbal' phrases (gerund, participle, infinitive)?
It looks like a clause of reason to me, and 'given' is something like a conjunction. On the other hand, 'given' could be regarded as a reduced clause of reason itself followed by an object clause. Need to think. :)
Last edited by Clark; 29-Dec-2008 at 12:02.
I think we can consider 'given that' as a composite conjunction introducing an adverbial clause of reason.