complex sentence

noun
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:
1880–85

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complex sentence
 
n
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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They begin to produce complex sentence structures, use verb tenses correctly, and discuss academic topics.
Yet and so are usually preceded by commas in a complex sentence.
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