[Grammar] Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "then"

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Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "then"

1."This is because they have already gone home". In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "this is". Here my doubt is "this is" main clause?
2."We went to the movie and then we went to restaurant near the theatre". In this sentence "then we went to restaurant near the theatre" is a independent clause. Here my doubt is, can we start independent clause with "then"?
 

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Re: Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "t

We can start am independent clause with pretty well anything we want to except, of course, a subordinator.
I think "then" is not a subordinator. If we start with a subordinator then it is subordinate clause but my doubt is if can we start a independent clause with a word "then" ?
 

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2."We went to the movie and then we went to a restaurant near the theatre".

I don't understand your confusion.
#2 is correct.

Please see definition #4 here.
 

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I don't understand your confusion.
#2 is correct.

Please see definition #4 here.

1."This is because they have already gone home". In this sentence "because they have already gone home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "there is". Here is my question. Is "this is" a main clause?

2.She's been very busy at work and then there was all that trouble with her son. Here is my question. Can we use the word "then" to start a main clause?
 
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Re: Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "t

I can't really answer your first question. Where did you find the sentence?
I'd say yes to your second question, but I'd like to ask you a question. Which is the "main clause" in She's been very busy at work and then there was all that trouble with her son?
 

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Re: Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "t

1."This is because they have already gone thier home". In this sentence, "because they have already gone [STRIKE]thier[/STRIKE] their home" is an dependent clause of independent clause "there is". Here is my question. Is "this is" a main clause?
The part in blue is ungrammatical and doesn't make sense. Also, "gone their home" is incorrect. Try "gone home" instead.
 

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The part in blue is ungrammatical and doesn't make sense. Also, "gone their home" is incorrect. Try "gone home" instead.
1."This is because they have already gone home". In this sentence "because they have already gone home". Genarally, a subordinate clause normally follows the main clause. Here is my question. Is "this is" a main clause?
 

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I can't really answer your first question. Where did you find the sentence?
I'd say yes to your second question, but I'd like to ask you a question. Which is the "main clause" in She's been very busy at work and then there was all that trouble with her son?

"We went to the movie and then we went to restaurant near the theatre".
1.We went to the movie.
2.we went to restaurant near the theatre.
 

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We went to the movie and then we went to restaurant near the theatre.

"Then,now, and after" all here are adverbs. All adverbs that can tell us when we can be placed at the beginning of the sentence to emphasize the time element. Am I right?
 

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I've consulted this dictionary and found that you can call them "main clauses".
We went to the movie and then we went to a restaurant near the theatre. is a compound sentence, in which two main clauses are linked by a coordinating conjunction 'and'.
 

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We went to the movie.
Then we went to a restaurant near the movie
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There you have two independent clauses. You can join them with the coordinator 'and'.

I know they are independent clauses. What is my question can we start independent clause with "then"?
 

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Re: Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "t

I've consulted this dictionary and found that you can call them "main clauses".
We went to the movie and then we went to a restaurant near the theatre. is a compound sentence, in which two main clauses are linked by a coordinating conjunction 'and'.

I know they are independent clauses. What is my question can we start independent clause with "then"?
 

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I'm sure you meant "principal clauses".
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Re: Can we use "there is" a main clause? and independent clause starts with a word "t

can we start independent clause with "then"?
I've already said yes to that question. Did somebody tell you that we can't?
 

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I think "then" is not a subordinator. If we start with a subordinator then it is subordinate clause but my doubt is if can we start a independent clause with a word "then" ?
'Then' is an adverb. What makes you think that an independent clause cannot be started with an adverb?
 
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