Glossary: complex sentence
ExplanationA sentence containing a main clause with at least one subordinate clause inside it, e.g. I looked after the children while Sam was away. This whole sentence is a main clause which contains a subordinate clause, while Sam was away. A complex sentence is thus a kind of multi-clause sentence. This terminology is preferred in the National Curriculum.
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