Matrix set

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In grammar, a matrix sentence (also: carrier sentence ) is a sub-clause that is syntactically superior to another sub-clause , regardless of whether it is a main clause or a subordinate clause . The matrix sentence is a sentence that contains another sentence as a real part, i.e. in such a way that the embedded sentence represents a sentence member of the matrix sentence or is an attribute sentence to a sentence member.

In the formulation of Duden grammar, the term matrix sentence is used to avoid a possible misunderstanding, according to which the traditional term subordinate clause could be understood as a sentence that stands next to the main clause; however, many subordinate clauses are actually within the main clause; In other words, the main clause is your “matrix” (this does not apply to all subordinate clauses, however, see subordinate clause # constituent clauses and further subordinate clauses ).

"I don't know if he heard that she loved him."

Here the main clause as a matrix clause has the form: I don't know that (= subordinate clause) . The entire subordinate clause with ob… is embedded in this matrix . The part of whether he has heard [it] is in turn the matrix to the deeper embedded subordinate clause that she loves him , which appears at the position of the matrix that was last designated with [it].

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Wiktionary: Matrix sentence  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations
Wiktionary: Carrier set  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. Duden. The grammar. 8th edition, Dudenverlag, Mannheim 2009, p. 1052.