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Copy of Sentence: The Complex Sentence Simplified
Transcript of Copy of Sentence: The Complex Sentence Simplified
unctuating a simple sentence is easy
compound sentences need a conjunction and a comma
Capitalize only the first sentence.
Use a comma where the first period used to be....
Compound Sentence Conjunctions: FANBOYS
Use Compound Sentences
Powerful and easy, complex sentences give the writer a world of flexibility. Just take two simple sentences and connect them with a linking word from the huge list of “subordinating conjunctions.” The linking word doesn’t even have to be in the middle.
The Complex Sentence
You only need one
Connect with a
You don’t need a comma when the linking word is between the original sentences.
You only need one period.
omplex sentences are easy
they sound a little scary
I want this car
it’s got a spoiler.
I bought this house
it does need work.
Milk comes out of my nose
His new car exploded
he was a mechanic.
Sample Complex Sentences
connect complex sentences. There is a huge number of subordinating conjunctions, and this gives complex sentences a big advantage. You can make very precise connections between ideas.
in order that
as long as
Conjunctions for Complex Sentences
Complex Sentences are Everywhere
Although you may not have heard of complex sentences, people use them all the time. Every child has heard sentences like:
you eat your vegetables
you can’t have dessert.
you finish your homework
you can go out to play.
As long as
you live under my roof
you will obey my rules!
These are all complex sentences.
Reversing the Complex Sentence
The second big advantage of the complex sentence is that you can reverse it. Your linking word can come first. (Note: This is the only time “because” can start a complete sentence). The only thing to remember is the comma between the two linked sentences.
I can reverse this sentence
you know it's complex.
it makes sense
start with the linking word (subordinating conjunction).
the linking word starts the sentence
you need a comma
Conjunction & First “Sentence” Second Sentence
it’s got a spoiler
I want this car.
it does need work
I bought this house.
milk comes out of my nose.
he was a mechanic
his new car exploded.
Sample Sentences Reversed
+ Sentence +
"Sentences are easy
you know the rules."
you know the rules
sentences are easy."
The Complex Sentence