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What is a complex sentence?
A complex sentence is a sentence with one independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
In grammar, a clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate. The subject is the word that indicates what a sentence is about or who or what is performing an action. A subject can be a noun (car, Tom), a noun phrase (short book, green apples), or a noun substitute (you, they). The predicate is a word that indicates what the subject is doing. A predicate is a verb (runs, is) and the words that govern or modify it (fast, hungry).
An independent clause contains a complete thought and can be used by itself as a sentence, as in It is time for lunch. A dependent clause does not contain a complete thought and can’t be used by itself. It depends on another clause to make sense, as in When the clock strikes noon.
A complex sentence contains both types of clauses, as in When the clock strikes noon, it is time for lunch.
While a complex sentence can have only one independent clause, it can have more than one dependent clause, as in When I was a young man, I was afraid of clowns until a clown rescued my sister. Here, I was afraid of clowns is an independent clause, containing the main idea. When I was a young man and until a clown rescued my sister are dependent clauses that tell you more about the main idea.
Complex sentences are simple sentences plus one or more dependent clauses.
Why are complex sentences important?
The first records of the phrase complex sentence come from around 1880. It combines the words complex, meaning “made of parts,” and sentence, meaning “a grammatical unit of words that expresses an independent idea.” A complex sentence is a sentence made up of two or more parts—an independent clause and at least one dependent clause.
Complex sentences are one type of sentence that helps us share more information about a single main idea, such as conditions related to that main idea, as in I like chocolate unless it has peanuts in it. The dependent clause can go before the main clause, as in If you never try, you will never succeed, or after it, as in Juan returned the book to the library after he finished reading it.
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Almost all complex sentences will have at least one subordinating conjunction that indicates a dependent clause. Some examples of subordinating conjunctions include if, because, when, although, and until.
What are real-life examples of complex sentence?
This graphic defines a complex sentence and gives an example of one.
We use complex sentences all the time.
I almost always use complex sentences when writing and it's starting to get bad. Especially when I keep putting them back to back, they start to sound really annoying.
— Corrado Coia (@CorradoCoia) November 29, 2017
Don't use complex sentences if you'll confuse the meaning 💙
— Rawa'a (@RFoudah) November 27, 2016
What other words are related to complex sentence?
Which of the following is NOT an example of a complex sentence?
A. My dad was a champion skier until he broke his leg.
B. When it rains, my plants are happy.
C. I am the king of the world.
D. Billy will share his toys if Mandy shares her crayons.
How to use complex sentence in a sentence
As you can see, GPT-3 is capable of producing complex sentences that read as though they could have been produced by a human.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice turned herself in to serve a 15-month sentence for bankruptcy fraud.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That Huckabee is mentioned in the same sentence with other aspiring conservative governors, especially Bobby Jindal, is laughable.
It was a complex task they were asked to do, and every cultural and experiential advantage would be required.Why Did We Panic After 9/11 and Ignore All We Knew About Responding to Security Threats?|Deborah Pearlstein|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, their presence shows that Mars could have a more complex and evolving chemical story.
Before he could finish the sentence the Hole-keeper said snappishly, "Well, drop out again—quick!"Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Each sentence came as if torn piecemeal from his unwilling tongue; short, jerky phrases, conceived in pain and delivered in agony.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Sentence of fine and imprisonment passed upon lord Bacon in the house of peers for bribery.
John Wilkes released from the tower by the memorable sentence of chief justice Pratt.
It seeks the shortest phrase or sentence and adds successively all the modifiers, making no omissions.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for complex sentence
Cultural definitions for complex sentence
A sentence that contains one main clause or independent clause and at least one subordinate clause or dependent clause: “Although I am tired (subordinate clause), I want to go to the midnight movie (main clause).” (See subordination; compare compound sentence, compound-complex sentence, and simple sentence.)