Complex Sentences (Grade 6)

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Complex Sentences

What is an independent clause?

An independent clause can stand alone as a sentence. 

What is a dependent clause?

A dependent clause cannot stand alone and begins with a subordinating conjunction, such as after, although, as, before, because, if, since, until, when, where, and while. 

What is a complex sentence?

A complex sentence has an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.

Complex Sentence Example

  • We drove west until we saw the mountains.

How to punctuate a complex sentence?

Use a comma after dependent clauses at beginnings of sentences.

Complex Sentence Example

  • As we climbed higher, the temperature dropped.

Complex Sentence Worksheet

Combine the sentence pairs to form a complex sentence. Circle the subordinating conjunction you used.
1-We reached the summit. It began to snow.
2-Aya drove slowly. The road was slippery.
3-Aya should have turned in her paper. She went to the party.
4-Ahmed accused Omar of being unfaithful. He could have told him he was wrong.
5-Aya told Kim she could turn her paper in by 1pm. Kim decided to take the bus.

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