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I think you are mixing independent clauses with main clause. You can connect independent clauses with conjunctions.
As from what I know, a main clause and an independent clause are synonymous terms!
These are important terms to clarify, so it's good that you're having this discussion!
A clause is simply a subject and verb, but there are 4 kinds:
1) Independent 2) Dependent 3) Main 4) Relative (a.k.a. Subordinate)
Ex. I eat when I am hungry. Independent: I eat (This clause can be a sentence on its own.) Dependent: when I am hungry (Because of the "when", this clause cannot be a sentence on its own.)
Ex. Frogs that live in trees eat flies. Main: Frogs eat flies (The main clause is the clause on the outside.) Relative: that (referring to frogs) live in trees (This clause starts with a relative pronoun and is the clause on the inside.)
So while a main clause (outside) is always independent, an independent clause is not necessarily a main clause. When we talk about main clauses we are referring to outside (versus inside) clauses.
Thanks for the help Sarai. But MGMAT SC Guide says that main/independent are the same. and subordinate/dependent are the same.
But otherwise i'm good. I was really looking for clarifications on how many you can string together, and you helped me with that. Thanks
I'm glad the post helped. Regarding the terminology, while I haven't seen MGMAT's wording, it is important for students to diffentiate between relative clauses and dependent clauses because they have such different functions. Since relative clauses begin with relative pronouns, they refer to a specific word in the sentence, making the position of this clause in the sentence matter. Where they are placed in the sentence in many cases determines whether a sentence is correct. Relative clauses are also important to parallelism, as two relative clauses must start with the same relative pronoun to be parallel. Dependent clauses, on the other hand, are not relative to any word; they simply come before or after an independent clause.
Anyways, this really doesn't affect you in any way, so you can ignore this digression
Hi Sarai I have a question on the usage of "and" See this SC and tell me if its ok for "and" to appear twice in the list of things. I believe "and" can come only before the last item in the list.
The labor agreement permits staff reductions through attrition with increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding it up. (A) attrition with increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding it up (B) attrition and provides increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program to speed the attrition process (C) attrition, which will be speeded up by providing increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program (D) attrition, which, by their providing increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program, will speed the process (E) attrition, which provides increased pension benefits and a special early-retirement program for speeding the attrition process
Or this is like - permits x and provides (y and z) ---> Second "and" is combining the subitems y and z and NOT with x. In that case the second "and" is valid.
Technically no-- but you wouldn't string too many clauses together with "and".
Ex. Correct: I eat steak, and my brother eats fish, but our parents are vegetarians. (3 independent clauses)
Incorrect: I eat steak, and my brother eats fish, and my parents are vegetarians.