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Hi everybody! Could you please explain what's the difference between MATRIX and MAIN clauses and SUPERordinate, SUPRAordinate and SUBordinate clauses? I'm completely lost Emotion: sad
Thanks in advance! Julie.
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As I understand it:

Main clause = superordinate clause = matrix clause + subordinate clause, but some syntactitions use matrix clause = superordinate clause. I've never heard of a supraordinate clause.
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But what's the difference between Matrix and Main clauses? They can't use two names for the same phenomenon, I guess. There should be some difference, right?
Please help!!!!
But what's the diffrerence between Matrix and Main? They can't use two names for the same phenomenon, I guess. I mean there should be some difference....
Please help!!!
there is only one main clause, which is the matrix, but the matrix isn't always the main clause. matrix is just a sperordinate clause, right?
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