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Revise the Structure of Complex Sentences

In this worksheet, students revise how to identify the main clause, the subordinate clause and the conjunction in complex sentences.

'Revise the Structure of Complex Sentences' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:   Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

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Worksheet Overview

A complex sentence links two or more ideas within one sentence. The two parts, or clauses, are usually linked by a conjunction. In the following sentence, the conjunction because is used to link the two clauses.

 

 

Mr Jones forgot to collect his suitcase because he was in a hurry.

 

The main clause in a complex sentence makes sense on its own.

Mr Jones forgot to collect his suitcase because he was in a hurry.

 

The subordinate clause begins with the conjunction and does not make sense on its own.

Mr Jones forgot to collect his suitcase because he was in a hurry.

 

A subordinate clause can be at the beginning of a sentence as well as at the end. Moving the clauses around can make your writing more varied and interesting to read.

Because he was in a hurry, Mr Jones forgot to collect his suitcase.

 

If the subordinate clause is at the beginning of the sentence we usually use a comma to separate the clauses.

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