A-Z Challenge 2015: C is for Complex Sentence

What is a complex sentence? A complex sentence has one independent clause and at least one dependent clauseAn independent clause (unlike a dependent clause) can stand alone as a sentence. Types of dependent clauses include relative clauses (I kicked the boy who pinched me), adverb clauses (I am going home now because I have a curfew), and noun clauses (I don’t know what to do next).


  • I prefer to read books that are bestsellers.
  • Because my alarm did not go off this morning, I was late to work.
  • Leave while you can.

Complex sentences can get a little confusing when we start throwing around dependent and independent clauses. Can you recognize a complex sentence?

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6 Responses

  1. heatherjacksonwrites says:

    I’m so rusty on my grammar rules! Thanks for the tip.

    (Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. I blog at http://writeonsisters.com/)

  2. betty says:

    Yep, I can recognize complex sentences. I also liked when we had to break sentences apart and diagram them (is that what it is called?) That was fun to do. Another funny story with related to my job as a medical transcriptionist. I had one dictator who would just continue one long sentence by adding “and” as he dictated. For example “The patient is a 22-year-old man who was involved in a car crash and he was driving on a road and a squirrel came out and he could not avoid the squirrel and he hit it and he suffered this injury and he came to the hospital and he had x-rays and he had lab tests and he was seen by an orthopedic surgeon and…….” You get the idea. By the way, made up patient, not any real patient I’ve ever typed a report for. The dictator certainly enjoyed his complex sentences. I would edit the ands, LOL 🙂


  3. clicksclan says:

    Lots of schools don’t teach proper grammar rules any more. I had to learn through osmosis nd whilst learning grammar rules of foreign languages.

    Cait @ Click’s Clan

  4. Liesel Hill says:

    I hope I can. My writing group does sometimes point them out to me and tell me to divide them into multiple short sentences. Some of my favorite complex sentences are in classic literary works. Dickens could write page-long sentences. I just had to laugh and shake my head. Once again, great info!

  5. Paula Kaye says:

    I do recognize complex sentences….most of the time!

    Smidgen Snippets & Bits

  6. Yes, I can and I tend to over use them. Sometimes, I even compound them so much, that they become run-on sentences. I write like I talk.
    Life & Faith in Caneyhead
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