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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Adverb Clause of Comments

Another type of subordinate clause is the adverb clause of comment or comment clause. A comment clause generally functions as a disjunct or a conjunct and makes some comment on what is said in the main clause:
  • This is, as you can see, a specimen of 3rd-century Roman pottery. 
  • She was, as is well known, a member of the Republican Party. 
  • What’s more, she was an active member of the party. 
  • As you know, her husband is a well-known television personality. 
  • What was worse, I was totally lost. 
  • Foot-and-mouth disease is, as you probably already know, a highly infectious disease of cattle, sheep and pigs. 
  • As I say, there's no harm done and we'd best just forget about it. 

The comment clause can come without an introductory conjunction:
  • He is, I believe, a Buddhist. 
  • It was, you see, the very last thing I had expected to happen.