compound-complex sentence?

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"Improper use of antibiotics helps develop drug resistance, so many medicines that were strongly effective a few decades ago don't work at all in the present. " where are the independent clauses and the dependent clause?

Sentence clause edited Jun 15 '13 at 04:48 DANiEL New member

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What about "that were strongly effective a few decades ago" ?

Isn't i a dependent clause?

link comment answered Jul 28 '13 at 09:53 MN New member
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DANiEL  I removed "at all" because it is redundant. I've also re-written it for simplification:  Improper use of antibiotics helps develop drug resistance, so many medicines that were strongly effective a few decades ago don't work in the present. "Improper use of—resistance" and "so many medicines—present" are independent (they can stand alone). This makes it a compound, but not necessarily complex sentence. It has two independent clauses (each with verb/subject that can stand alone), but no dependent clause that cannot (unless someone more knowledgeable than I can spot an dependent clause); thus eliminating a complex sentence.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 03:29 Brother Dave Contributor
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In a compound sentence there are more than one verb. It also has many independent sentences.

For example: Either you must confess your fault or you will be punished.

In this sentence, "you must confess your fault" and "you will be punished" are two independent sentences joined by the conjunction "Either...or".

In a complex sentence there are more than one verb but only one independent sentence and many dependent sentences.

For example: The house, which is on the top of the hill, is read in colour.

In this sentence, "which is on the top of the hill" is a dependent clause, whereas, "The house is red in colour" is an independent clause.

link answered Jun 15 '13 at 07:31 Scarlet Darwin Contributor

Source: Encyclopedic Graded Grammar Vol 2

Brother DaveJun 16 '13 at 02:52

sorry to say, but I have written this from my tuition teacher's notes. And not from any site.

Scarlet DarwinJun 16 '13 at 04:42

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