He has a chain [which is made of gold].

The sentence has two clauses: a main clause (italicised) and a subordinate clause (bracketed) embedded within it, each having its own subject and predicate. In the main clause, he is subject and has a chain which is made of gold is predicate. In the subordinate clause, which is subject and is made of gold is predicate.

I have seen the above explanation of clause in an English forum. Is it correct? Can I also say that He has a chain is also a clause with He as its subject and has a chain as its predicate?

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Yes. "He has a chain" is a clause. It is called a main clause or an independent clause. As you stated, "He" is the subject and "has a chain" is the predicate.

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    "He has a chain" is a clause on its own, but it is not a clause within the OP's sentence. Like the person he quotes says, the predicate of the clause which he is the Subject of is has a chain which is made of gold. – Araucaria Feb 16 '17 at 16:59
  • @Araucaria. Hi, Thanks for the reply. what is OP? – Sivani Feb 19 '17 at 4:43
  • @Sivani Oh, OP = Original Poster. This is the person who asked the question, or wrote the post. So in this case the OP is you! :-) – Araucaria Feb 19 '17 at 10:48

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