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Lesson 7 – Compound and Complex Sentences
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Title – Writing and Grammar Unit – Lesson 7
By – John Foley
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Grade Level – 9-12
Unit Contents: Introduction
Lesson 1: Writing by Ear
Lesson 2: Nouns
Lesson 3: Active and Passive Verbs
Lesson 4: Modify in Moderation
Lesson 5: Coordinating Conjunctions
Lesson 6: Simple Sentences
Lesson 7: Compound and Complex Sentences
- A compound sentence consists of two independent clauses. A complex sentence contains one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses. And a compound-complex sentence carries two or more independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses. Whew! That’s more clauses than in a mall on Christmas Eve.
- Bad jokes aside, compound and complex sentences are moderately to very long. While long sentences can be elegant and a pleasure to read, they are more difficult for young writers to control. Read the following long sentence (52 words), which is always under control.
I spent several days and nights in mid-September with an ailing pig and I feel driven to account for this stretch of time, more particularly since the pig died at last, and I lived, and things might easily have gone the other way round and none left to do the accounting.–E.B. White
- E.B. White is perhaps the only writer who can make me care about pigs. This seemingly effortless sentence is a model of elegance. Try to write three elegant compound/complex sentences of your own about school.
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