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A complex sentence consists of

one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses

independent clause is

a group of words with a verb and a subject that can stand alone.

dependent clause is a

group of words including a subject and verb that cannot stand alone

subordinating conjunctions

a word that shows a relationship between the independent and dependent clauses

when is a comma used when writing a complex sentence

when the dependent clause comes first

a numonic devise is

A WHITE BUS

A

after, although, as, as if, as long as, as soon as

W

when, ehenever, where, wherever, while

I

if, in order that

T

than, though

E

even though, even if

B

because, before

U

unless, until

S

since, so that

subordinating conjunctions come at the

beginning of a dependent clause

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