Thursday, April 27, 2017

complex sentence

A complex sentence includes one independent clause and at least one dependent clause. When the dependent clause comes first, it is an introductory clause followed by a comma. When it follows the independent clause, no comma is needed. A dependent clause often begins with a dependent marker word, such as after, as if, because, even though, since, unless, or when.

The dependent clause is in bold in the following complex sentences. No comma is required for the construction independent clause + dependent clause.

Correct He was late for work because he had a flat tire.
Correct Tim’s heart raced whenever she was near.
Correct The manager offered a discount after I complained about the service.

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