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complex sentence

noun
1.
a sentence containing one or more dependent clauses in addition to the main clause, as When the bell rings (dependent clause), walk out (main clause).
Origin of complex sentence
1880-1885
1880-85
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  • A complex sentence is one containing a principal clause and one or more subordinate clauses.

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  • No. 20 is a simple sentence, with a complex sentence in parenthesis.

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  • The independent (main) clause of a complex sentence may be compound.

  • A dependent clause in a complex sentence may also be an adjective clause.

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  • In bringing the truths within the comprehension of children, the author has made sparing use of the complex sentence.

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  • When you add a dependent clause you have a complex sentence.

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  • The third kind of clause which we may use in a complex sentence is the adverb clause.

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  • This is a complex sentence because it contains dependent clauses.

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  • The complex sentence has only one main clause and one or more dependent clauses.

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  • A complex sentence consists of two or more clauses, one of which is independent and the rest subordinate.

British Dictionary definitions for complex sentence

complex sentence

noun
1.
(grammar) a sentence containing at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
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complex sentence definition


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.)

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