Constructing Compound-Complex Sentences
A compound-complex sentence is comprised of at least two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
Example: Though Mitchell prefers watching romantic films, he rented the latest spy thriller, and he enjoyed it very much.
Example: Laura forgot her friend's birthday, so she sent her a card when she finally remembered.
Because compound-complex sentences are normally longer than other sentences, it is very important to punctuate them correctly.
Example: Begin with two independent clauses:
The team captain jumped for joy. The fans cheered.
Then combine the independent clauses to form a compound sentence:
The team captain jumped for joy, and the fans cheered.
Now, add a dependent clause to your compound sentence to create a compound-complex sentence.
The team captain jumped for joy, and the fans cheered because we won the state
When we won the state championship, the team captain jumped for joy, and the fans cheered.
Now write 3 complex sentences on the subject of frogs, flies, and anything else. Use the dependent marker words and examples to help you.
When the frog saw the fly, he jumped high in the air, and the fly became his dinner.