Learning Objective: To understand what a compound-complex sentence
is and to be able to recognize them.
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A compound-complex sentence is a sentence made up of a compound
sentence and a complex sentence.
A compound sentence: is a sentence made up of two or more simple
sentences. These two or more simple sentences are normally joined
together by a coordinator such as “and” “but” “or”. If a compound sentence
is divided the parts will each make sense as smaller sentences on their own.
A complex sentence: is a sentence made up of two different types of
clauses. It contains a main clause (a simple sentence) and a subordinate
clause (a sentence which does not make sense by itself).
The main clauses provide the topics of the sentence, the subordinate
clause adds extra detail and information afterwards.
Lucy struggled with her English work but she now understands it because she
asked her online tutor for help.
This compound-complex sentence can be broken down into two main clauses
or simple sentences “Lucy struggled with her English work” and “she now
understands it”. There is also a subordinate clause “Because she asked her
online tutor for help.”
Remember you can check for main clauses by reading aloud and seeing if
the sentence makes sense on its own. If it does then it is a main clause. If it
does not make sense when read aloud then it is a subordinate clause.