Complex Sentence

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Complex Sentence :

With respect to clauses, there are three kinds of sentences.

1. Simple Sentence

2. Compound Sentence

3. Complex Sentence

Simple Sentence :

Phrase - Main clause - simple sentence

Examples :

  1. On hearing the over-bell, they rushed out.

  2. Being late, I missed the train.

  3. In spite of his hard work, he did not get a rank.

  4. On account of his coming late, he was punished.

  5. Having read the book, he returned it to the library.

In the above sentences, the group of words given in bold are Phrases.

Compound Sentences :

Main clause – and / or / but – Coordinating conjunction word - compound sentence

Examples :

  1. The newspaper arrived and at once we saw the results.

  2. He is weak but he attends office.

  3. You should learn grammar or you cannot write good English.

Complex Sentence :

Subordinate Clause - Main Clause

Examples :

  1. When he arrived, the people gave him a warm welcome.

  2. Though she studied well, she could not get the first mark.

  3. As today is a government holiday, the office is closed.

  4. After he had read the book, he returned it to the library.

  5. If you grow more trees, you will get more rain.

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