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Complex and Compound Sentences

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


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.



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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