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  • Complex Compound English Sentence Structure

    This is the last part in our series about English sentence structure and word order problems for English language learners. In this video you will hear the explanation for Complex Compound Sentences. This is the last, and most complicated form of the English sentence. Often times, the problem for English language learners is that they don’t follow the rules of the simple sentence structure. The most important thing to remember is that there must be a subject, verb relationship in all parts of the sentence.

    You will see that Complex Compound Sentence has 2 independent clauses and 1 dependent clause. In all 3 parts there is a subject verb relationship.

    Take a look at this sentence:

    After Halloween we decided that our daughter, who is two years old, had too much candy, so we threw it away.

    I.C. After Halloween we decided that our daughter had too much candy.

    I.C. We threw it away.

    D.C. who is two years old

    Watch the video and complete the exercises to practice compound complex sentences:

     

    Look at the 3 sentence parts and put them together to make a compound complex sentence.

    Dependent Clause: As soon as we arrived

    Independent Clause: We went to the soccer game.

    Independent Clause: It started to rain.

    1. _________________________________________.

     

    I.C.: We thought the movie was too violent.

    I.C. Our friends disagreed with us.

    D.C. who like scarey movies

    2. _______________________________________.

    I.C. We’ll go camping.

    I.C. We could stay in a hotel.

    D.C. If the weather is bad

    3. _________________________________________.

    I.C. I made dinner.

    I.C. Paul went to the gym.

    D.C. which was chicken fajitas

    4. ________________________________________.

    I.C. The students were seated and ready.

    I.C. The teachers was 15 minutes late for class.

    D.C. because he had to go to a meeting.

    5. ______________________________________.

     

    • We went to the soccer game and as soon as we arrived it started to rain.

      We thought the movie was too violent but our friends, who like scary movies, disagreed with us.

      We’ll go camping and if the weather is bad we could stay in the hotel.

      Paul went to the gym while I made dinner, which was chicken fajitas.

      The students were seated and ready, however the teacher was 15 minutes late for class, because he had to go to a meeting.

      • LOIEnglish

        Good work Lucas!

    • Ilka

      1. We went to the soccer game and as soon as we arrived it started to rain.

      2. We thought the movie was too violent, but our friends, who like scarey movies, disagreed with us.

      3. We’ll go camping and if the weather is bad we could stay in a hotel.

      4. While Paul went to the gym I made dinner, which was chicken fajitas.

      5. The studentes were seated and ready, but the teacher was 15 minutes late for class, because he had to go to a meeting.

      • LOIEnglish

        Nice work Ilka!

    • LOIEnglish

      Good work!

    • Zeca

      1- As soon as we arrive, we went tot he soccer game, when It start to rain.
      2- We thought the movie was too violent, but or friends, who likes scarey movies, disagreed with us.
      3- We’ll go camping, and We could stay in a hitel, if the weather is bad.
      4- While Paul went to the gym, I made chicken fajitas.
      5- The students were seated and ready, and the teachers was 15 min late for class, because he had to go to a meeting.

      • LOIEnglish

        Zeca,

        Your sentences need a little work. Have you had the chance to watch the first 2 videos in this series? I recommend watching simple sentence video and complex sentence video and start with those exercises. After you complete those exercises return to this exercise and try rewriting your sentences.

    • Wellington

      1 We went to the soccer game, yet as soon as we arrived It started to rain.

      2 We thought the movie was too violent. nevertheless, our friends disagreed with us who like scarey movies.

      3 Paul went to the gym and I made dinner which was chicken jajitas.

      4 The students were seated and ready, but the teachers was 15 minutes late for class, because he had to go to a meeting.

      • LOIEnglish

        Wellington,

        Question #2: When we use a relative pronoun (who, which, that, where) in an non-defining relative clause needs to come directly after the subject: We thought the movie was too violent, nevertheless our friends, WHO LIKE SCARY MOVIES, disagreed with us.