To create a Compound Sentence, two or more clauses may be combined with a coordinating conjunction (such as and or but) or a pair of correlative conjunctions (such as either/or or neither/nor)
- Linda belongs to several clubs, but she hates attending meetings.
- Either she stands in that long line or she won't accomplish anything at all.
Complex Sentences may be created when independent clauses are combined with a subordinating conjunction (such as although or because), or when two clauses are linked by a relative pronoun (such as which, or who).
*clauses that contain subordinating conjunctions or relative pronouns are dependent clauses and can no longer stand on their own as simple sentences.
- The construction company went bankrupt because its top executives were engaged in widespread corruption.
- He was described as a lively student who learns easily.
Clauses can also be combined to produce Compound-Complex Sentences (that is, compound sentences that contain dependent clauses).
- Even though fast food centers are expensive, they serve good quality food, and the public just loves going there. (This sentence is composed of 3 dependent clauses).
Complete each of the following complex sentences by adding a clause. Pay close attention to the tense of the verb.
Example: I wonder if I will ever find a good reference for this topic.
- Before I wrote, I had decided that _________________.
- I would be more satisfied if ______________________.
- After _____________, I must begin to work with more concentration.
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