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    Main clause/subordinate clause
    Message from mohammad51 posted on 25-02-2023 at 10:54:00 (D | E | F)

    What are the main clause ( principal ) and the subordinate clause in sentences start with:
    It seems that.... \ it appears that .......\ it looks that ....\
    It seems that we have missed our chance.
    It seems that you are lying.
    It seems that you did not know any English.

    I read in one book or more than one book, they said [raising subject - or subject to subject raising]

    So they admit that ( the subordinate noun clauses ) are the subjects to these sentences ?
    OK ! Where could be the main subject of the sentence ?
    Is it not in the main clause ? So what is the main subject or what are principal clauses in the sentences I stated above ?

    Please guide me to get out of this confusion.
    Thank you in advance.

    Edited by lucile83 on 25-02-2023 13:31

    Re: Main clause/subordinate clause from mohammad51, posted on 07-03-2023 at 09:38:02 (D | E)
    It seems that you did not know any English.
    This question I already got the answer

    I know the verb seem = linking verb and it takes subject complement

    Some would say clause of that = the subject

    I think it is not satisfying answer
    It seems that .... it seems what

    What thing seems ?

    Noun clause Suppose we rewrite as :

    That you did know any English, it seems \ seems ? No sense it does make ( ambiguous )

    It = the subject .... seems = the main verb
    That clause = complement

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