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compound-complex sentence

Compound-complex sentences are one of the four main sentence structures. They are made up of two independent clauses (also known as main clauses) and one or more dependent clauses (or subordinate clauses). For a sentence to be considered compound-complex, at least one of the independent clauses must be a complex sentence (if it were to stand on its own). That is, it is made up of a dependent clause that is introduced and linked to the independent clause by a subordinating conjunction.
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com·pound-com·plex sentence

A sentence consisting of at least two coordinate independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
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com′pound-com′plex sen′tence

a sentence having two or more coordinate independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses, as The lightning flashed (independent clause) and the rain fell (independent clause) as he entered the house (dependent clause).
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sentence--a group of words that contains a subject, a verb, and a "complete thought," that is, an idea that can stand alone; see also simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, and compound-complex sentence
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