Writing Complex Sentences

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Writing Complex Sentences. #1: Simple Sentence. A simple sentence has one subject and one verb I like to study grammar. A simple sentence is also called an independent clause . An independent clause ends with a period or semicolon. One subject. One verb. Simple sentence.
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WritingComplex Sentences#1: Simple Sentence
  • A simple sentence has one subject and one verb
  • I like to study grammar.
  • A simple sentence is also called an independent clause.
  • An independent clause ends with a period or semicolon.
  • One subjectOne verbSimple sentenceIlove you.Independent clause: only one subject and one verb#2: Compound Sentence
  • A compound sentence is made up of two or more simple sentences joined by one of the following:
  • A comma and one of the FANBOYS
  • I like to study grammar, and I love this class.
  • A semicolon
  • I like to study grammar;I love this class.
  • A semicolon and a transitional
  • I like to study grammar; therefore, I love this class.
  • Independent clauseIndependent clauseCompound sentenceI love you, and you love me.Two independent clauses joined together#3: Complex Sentence
  • A complex sentence is a simple sentence (independentclause) to which a part of a sentence (dependentclause) has been added.
  • Because I like to study grammar, I love this class.
  • I love this class because I like to study grammar.
  • Dependent clauseIndependent clauseComplex sentenceBecause you love me, I love you.A dependent clause joined to an independent clause. (The dependent clause needs the rest of the sentence for support.)Fragment!Dependent clauseBecause you love me.A dependent clause contains a subject and verb. It begins with a subordinating conjunction, and thus it does not express a completed thought. A dependent clause is also called a subordinate clause. Dependent clauses, like babies, cannot stand alone.No!OKA Tip on Punctuation
  • Since dependent clauses are only part of a sentence, you can never connect them to another sentence with a semicolon. Semicolons are only used between two independent clauses.
  • I have loved you for years ; although I never admitted it.
  • I have loved you for years, although I never admitted it.
  • Common Subordinating (Dependent) Conjunctions#4: Compound/Complex Sentence
  • A compound/complex sentence is the last and most complicated type of sentence.
  • It contains at least one dependent clause and at least two independent clauses.
  • Dependent clause2 independent clausesCompound complex sentenceBecause we are a family,I love you, and you love me. A dependent clause added to two or more independent clauses Since every sentence in English fits into one of these four categories,CONGRATULATIONS!
  • YOU NOW KNOW EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • To write anything you want to write
  • Any way you want to write it
  • And still get the punctuation right each time!
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