All Saints Secondary School, Oyigbo, Rivers State.
Subject :English Language
Class :SS 2
Topic :English Grammar
Sub Topic :Complex Sentence Structure
A complex sentence is a sentence that contains an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence, but a dependent clause even though it has a subject and a verb cannot stand alone. The dependent clause relies on the independent clause to make its meaning complete.
Examples of complex sentences;
The independent clause in each of the sentences is underlined.
- Bobby was delighted that he got a part in the school play, even though the part was a small one.
- Because my porridge had gone cold, I heated it in the microwave.
- After lots of practice, Joseph still struggled to tie his shoelaces.
- Let’s go back to the theatre where we watched the ballet.
- After the storm hit the town, trees lay broken in the streets.
- Wherever you go, you can always find beauty.
- Evergreen trees are a symbol of fertility because they do not die in the winter.
- Although it was very long, the movie was still enjoyable.
- You should take your car in for a service because its starting to make weird noise.
As you can see, a complex sentence can either start with the independent clause or the subordinate clause. If the subordinate clause comes first, you must add a comma. This is not necessary if the independent clause comes first.
An independent clause contains a subject and a verb, it can stand alone as a complete thought.
Give three examples of your own on complex sentences apart from the ones I have given you.
Submit assignment at the school’s security post
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