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Compound Complex Sentences Practice Exercises

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Compound Complex Sentences Practice Exercises

Practice Exercise 1

Combine the following simple sentences to create a compound sentence. You can check your answers below.

1. It rained for three days. The streets in my neighborhood flooded.
2. I got to ball practice late. I forgot to set my alarm.
3. Kyle completed his homework. He put it in his binder.
4. Luke mowed the lawn. He earned ten dollars.
5. I stayed up late last night. I am tired today.
6. Neil doesn't like seafood. He doesn't like cabbage.
7. My pencil was broken. I borrowed one from Jake.
8. I like apples. I like pears more.
9. Eight people got into the elevator. It was crowded. Three people got off.
10. Georgia gathered the pictures. She could arrange them in a special album for her family.

Answers

(In each case, only one possible answer is shown.)

1. It rained for three days, so the streets in my neighborhood flooded.
2. I got to ball practice late for I forgot to set my alarm.
3. Kyle completed his homework and he put it in his binder.
4. Luke mowed the lawn and he earned ten dollars.
5. I stayed up late last night so I am tired today.
6. Neil doesn't like seafood, nor does he like cabbage.
7. My pencil was broken so I borrowed one from Jake.
8. I like apples, but I like pears more.
9. Eight people got into the elevator, but it was crowded, so three people got off.
10. Georgia gathered the pictures so she could arrange them in a special album for her family.

Practice Exercise 2

Identify the independent and subordinate clauses in the following sentences and determine whether they are complex or compound-complex. You can check your answers below.

11. Jason decided to stay up late because he had a lot of homework to do.
12. If you hurry, we might get to school on time.
13. Although Monica had a cold, she went to school because she had a test.
14. While washing the car, Todd slipped on the soap and he fell.
15. Dad takes the train to work even though he has a car.
16. After Mom arrived, she put the disk in the DVD player and we watched a great movie.
17. Even though his heart pounded with dread, Ben bolted up the stairs, and he checked out the strange noise.
18. Molly baked brownies since she had nothing else to do.
19. Karen made a list of what was needed, and she double-checked it so she wouldn't forget anything.
20. Frank had a good sense of humor, so he laughed a lot.
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