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Complex and Compound Sentences

A complex sentence consists of one main clause and one or more subordinate clauses.
 

Example:

As the boxers advanced in to the ring, the people said that they would not allow them to fight.

 

In this sentence:

The people said (Main clause)

As the boxers advanced into the ring (subordinate adverb clause)

They would not allow them to fight (subordinate noun clause)

Hence this sentence is called a complex sentence.

A compound sentence is one, which is made up of principal or main clauses.

 

Example:

Night came on, rain fell heavily, we all got wet.

This sentence consists of three principal clauses and hence it is a compound sentence.






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