Chapter 9-2-4: The Compound-Complex Sentence
Make a compound-complex sentence by joining two complex sentences, or one simple sentence and one complex sentence together. Worded differently, this type of sentence has at least three clauses: two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
There are several ways to attach an independent clause to the rest of the sentence: coordinating conjunctions, correlative conjunctions, conjunctive adverbs, or semicolons.
Why would you want to use such a difficult-to-create sentence? Compound-complex sentences help people describe longer, more complicated thoughts. Authors may need to use this sentence type to explain complex ideas or to list long chains of events.
Here are some example compound-complex sentences with their dependent clauses in bold:
The two following sentences will be used as the basis to create compound-complex sentences:
The first sentence above is a complex sentence, and its dependent clause is bolded. The second sentence is a simple sentence (a typical independent clause). These two sentences will now be fused using a coordinating conjunction, a correlative conjunction, a conjunctive adverb, and a semicolon, bolded below:
There's no limit to how many clauses a complex-compound sentence can have. Take, for instance, this example with its independent clauses in bold: