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COMPLEX SENTENCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does complex sentence mean? 

COMPLEX SENTENCE (noun)
  The noun COMPLEX SENTENCE has 1 sense:

1. a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause

  Familiarity information: COMPLEX SENTENCE used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


COMPLEX SENTENCE (noun)


Sense 1complex sentence [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("complex sentence" is a kind of...):

sentence (a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language)

Meronyms (parts of "complex sentence"):

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)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "complex sentence"):

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)


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