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I'm getting really confused trying to identify how many clauses are in this sentence and was just wondering if anyone could please advise. It's the 'also' that is throwing me off as surely I cannot have two separate clauses if this is used? Is it just one clause?

  • "Two of the key characteristics that make nylon so useful also make it a significant environmental threat."

Thank you for any help with this. (PS. Please go easy on me, I'm new to this!)

  • Don't let the "also" scare you. It's just an adverb like any other. Substitute, for example, "coincidentally" or "importantly." I'm not saying that the sentence would mean the same thing, just that in the quoted sentence the same grammatical analysis applies to "also" as applies to any of the common "-ly" adverbs. – remarkl Mar 15 at 3:25
  • Thank you for your response. Am I right in thinking then that the 'also' is used as a conjunctive adverb here? So it is in fact two clauses, eg. "Two of the key characteristics that make nylon so useful || also make it a significant environmental threat." That second verb, 'make', is now confusing me! – Emra Mar 15 at 18:58
  • I'm trying not to be a grammarian, because I don't have the credentials. I would say that the sentence consists of two clauses: a main clause (I don't know the formal term) "Two of the key characteristics also make it a significant environmental threat," and a subordinate clause "that make nylon so useful." The point is that "also" is not some special kind of adverb (e.g., a conjunctive adverb) in this sentence; it's just a plain old adverb like "importantly" or "coincidentally" would be if they were there instead – remarkl Mar 15 at 21:42

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