What is a complex sentence? A complex sentence has one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. An 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?