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Complex sentences are one of the four main sentence structures. They are made up of one independent clause (or main clause) and one or more dependent clauses (or subordinate clauses). The dependent clause is introduced and linked to the independent clause by a subordinating conjunction.
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complex sentence

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(Grammar) grammar a sentence containing at least one main clause and one subordinate clause

com′plex sen′tence


n.
a sentence containing one or more dependent clauses in addition to the main clause, as When the bell rings (dependent clause), walk out (main clause).
[1880–85]
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Noun1.complex sentence - a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause
sentence - a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"
loose sentence - a complex sentence in which the main clause comes first and the subordinate clause follows
periodic sentence - a complex sentence in which the main clause comes last and is preceded by the subordinate clause
independent clause, main clause - a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence
coordinate clause - a clause in a complex sentence that is grammatically equivalent to the main clause and that performs the same grammatical function
dependent clause, subordinate clause - a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb
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