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Compound-Complex Sentences

A compound-complex sentence consists of two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clause. It may help you to think of a compound-complex sentence as a compound sentence plus a dependent clause. Actually, the compound-complex sentences join two sentences, at least one of which has a dependent clause. The independent clauses are joined by a coordinating conjunction.

Independent Clause Dependent Clause Independent Clause

Gina knew that she would have to wait, but she didn’t mind.

Independent Clause Dependent Clause Independent Clause

Carl was surprised when he was chosen; he had never expected to win.

Analyzing Compound-Complex Sentences. Underline each independent clause once and each dependent clause twice.

1. Pam knew where the park was, and she gave us directions.

2. After our team won, we decided to celebrate, so we led a parade through town.

3. When the committee met, witnesses testified about poor living conditions, and experts suggested improvements.

4. Sharon has been studying piano since she was six years old, and she enjoys it.

5. Greg said that we should start without him, but we waited anyway.

6. The radio that you like is on sale, but it is still expensive.

7. The bookstore ordered the items that Tim requested, and he is waiting for them.

8. The mayor outlined his plane, which was very complicated, and then reporters asked questions about it.

9. The sale items were so popular that they were gone in an hour, and the manager agreed to order more.

10. Scientists have identified the agents that cause the disease, but they haven’t found a cure for it.

11. The actor was nervous before he auditioned; he felt that he did well, though.

13. Vanessa’s sister is a computer programmer; she translates information into symbols that the computer reads.

14. Since the rain stopped, the game can be resumed; our team is ahead.

15. High blood pressure is a serious condition that affects many people, and it should be treated by a qualified physician.

Directions: Combine the following groups of sentences into compound-complex sentences. Use coordinating and subordinating conjunctions as appropriate.

16. I took my shower. I slipped and fell. I wasn’t hurt.

17. I got dressed. I ate some toast. I also had two eggs.

18. I was late for work. I ran a red light. I was stopped by a police cruiser.

19. It was my cousin, Frank. I still got a ticket. I drove more carefully thereafter.

20. I got to school on time. I couldn’t find a parking place. I was late to class anyway.

21. I must be unlucky. This always happens to me. I don’t let it get me down

22. I want a puppy. Puppies are cool. They are so cute.

23. I like pizza. I really like ice cream. They are both good.

24. Halloween is fun. People like to dress up. It can be spooky.

25. I like to go camping. I haven't had the time to go lately. I haven't found anyone to go with.


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