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Copy of Sentence: The Complex Sentence Simplified

Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences with Style
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David Keck

on 29 November 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Sentence: The Complex Sentence Simplified

Compound Sentences are Different...
P
unctuating a simple sentence is easy
, but
compound sentences need a conjunction and a comma
.
Capitalize only the first sentence.
Use a comma where the first period used to be....
For
And
Not
But
Or
Yet
So
Compound Sentence Conjunctions: FANBOYS
,
.
Add variety.
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
CAPITAL
.
Connect with a
conjunction
.
You don’t need a comma when the linking word is between the original sentences.
You only need one period.
C
omplex sentences are easy
although
they sound a little scary
.
First Sentence

Linking Word

Second “Sentence”
I want this car
because
it’s got a spoiler.
I bought this house
although
it does need work.
Milk comes out of my nose
whenever
I laugh.
His new car exploded
even though
he was a mechanic.
Sample Complex Sentences
Subordinating conjunctions
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.
before
even if
even though
if
if only
in order that
now that
once
rather than
since
so that
though
till
unless
until
when
whenever
after
although
as
as if
as long as
as though
because
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:
Until
you eat your vegetables
,
you can’t have dessert.
After
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.
Because
I can reverse this sentence
,
you know it's complex.
When
it makes sense
,
start with the linking word (subordinating conjunction).
When
the linking word starts the sentence
,
you need a comma
.
Conjunction & First “Sentence” Second Sentence
Because
it’s got a spoiler
,
I want this car.
Although
it does need work
,
I bought this house.
Whenever
I laugh
,
milk comes out of my nose.
Even though
he was a mechanic
,
his new car exploded.
Sample Sentences Reversed
Sentence +
Subordinating Conjunction
+ Sentence.
Complex Sentence
Subordinating Conjunction
+ Sentence +
Comma
+ Sentence.
"Sentences are easy
when
you know the rules."
"
When
you know the rules
,
sentences are easy."
Remember:
The Complex Sentence
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