Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Coordinate Clause


A coordinate clause is a clause belonging to a series of two or more clauses which:

  • are not syntactically dependent one on another
  • are joined by means of
    • a coordinating conjunction
    • a connective
    • parataxis


  • I will go home and he will go to work.
  • John likes hamburgers, but Mary prefers hot dogs.
  • We might go to Seattle, or we might go to California.