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Complex Sentences

A complex sentence is a sentence that has at least one subordinate clause. (A subordinate clause is a clause on the bottom level of a sentence).

Compare the following sentences:

Simple Sentence = one clause on the top level.

I ate pizza.

 

 

 

 

Compound Sentence = two clauses on the top level. In the following example, the clauses are connected by a fanboy.

I ate pizza,

and Bob ate spaghetti.

 

 

 

In this next example of a compound sentence, the clauses are connected by a semicolon.

I ate pizza;

Bob ate spaghetti.

 

 

 

Complex Sentence = at least one clause on the bottom level. In the following example, the main clause comes first, followed by the subordinate clause.

I ate pizza

 

 

because I was hungry.

 

In this next example of a complex sentence, the subordinate clause comes first, followed by main clause.

 

I ate pizza.

Because I was hungry,

 

 

Instructions for the Quiz

For each sentence, choose between the following:

The sentences have been diagrammed for you to make it easier.