Sentences (Complex)
"He couldn't play his violin, because a string was broken" is an example of a complex sentence because it contains two separate clauses.

Sentences (Complex)

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In English, complex sentences have two or more clauses. A clause has a subject and verb: 'She was late, because the bus had stopped everywhere.' Subjects are 'she'/'bus' and verbs are 'was'/'stopped'.

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1.
Select the correct term for the following.
The sky was blue, however, it was starting to rain.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
'Because'/'although' introduce subordinate clauses
2.
Select the correct term for the following.
Although she had injured her hand, she played on.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
Mark clauses off with commas to separate them
3.
Select the correct term for the following.
....... her injured hand .......
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
A phrase is a group of words which can't stand alone
4.
Select the correct term for the following.
She had injured her hand but she played on.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
Two simple sentences joined = compound sentence
5.
Select the correct term for the following.
....... the pouring rain .......
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
A phrase is a group of words
6.
Select the correct term for the following.
They had to stay indoors, because of the rain.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
'Because' often begins a subordinate clause
7.
Select the correct term for the following.
After he had mended his violin, he played it.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
A subordinate clause adds to the main clause
8.
Select the correct term for the following.
The rain poured down.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
Subject 'rain'; verb 'poured down'
9.
Select the correct term for the following.
He couldn't play his violin, because a string was broken.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
Complex sentences have two or more clauses
10.
Select the correct term for the following.
Before he could play his violin, he had to mend it.
Complex
Compound
Phrase
Simple
A subordinate clause doesn't make sense by itself
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