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What with the high prices since the war started, we'll be made up if it lasts.

This sentence has been taken from an app of Oxford Dictionary. I had made a search to find the use of make. Then I got the sentence stated above. Please, discuss the construction of what with the high prices since the war started. I think What with high prices is a dependent clause. But I don't find any verb in it.

I want to say more about my question. Actually, I want to know if there are any kind of dependent clauses that do not have any verb. If there are, please state the rules about how to form a dependent clause without a verb. Also, I want to know whether or not what with the high prices is a dependent clause without a verb.

The sentence stated above is just an example. Please discuss about the answer to my question as well as the sentence stated above in your own way.

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    'What with the high prices since the war started, we'll be made up if it lasts.' Compare 'Because of / As a result of the high prices since the war started, we'll be made up if it lasts.' Before the comma, these use prepositional phrases, with the compound prepositions because of / as a result of / what with. Cinková et al has '... the line between collocations with prepositional function and complex prepositions is especially fine in the three-word combinations' – Edwin Ashworth Dec 7 '15 at 23:30
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The implied verb is 'be'. The implied subject is 'time'. The pronoun 'what' is superfluous.

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