Meaning of “complex sentence” in the English Dictionary

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"complex sentence" in British English

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complex sentencenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɒm.pleks ˈsen.təns/ us /ˌkɑːm.pleks ˈsen.təns/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • A clause is a separate part of a complex sentence, as "when he returns" in the last example. 
  • And yet that child began to practise oral composition at the age of eighteen months, and at the age of three was able to use complex sentences with freedom and skill. 
  • The complex sentence contains one independent clause and at least one subordinate clause. 
  • The complex sentence offers a good form for introducing pertinent, minor details, which are necessary, yet which do not merit inclusion in the general level of the speech. 
  • The compound sentence is a combination of two or more simple or complex sentences. 

(Definition of “complex sentence” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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