Year 8, Week 7: Sentence Variety 2
In your writing, you need to be using a variety of complex sentences, in addition to simple and compound sentences.
Forming complex sentences
A complex sentence consists of a main clause (or simple sentence), which makes sense on its own and a subordinate clause (or dependent clause), which relies on the rest of the sentence to make sense.
e.g. When I go home, I eat toast.
‘I eat toast’ is a main clause and makes sense on its own.
‘When I go home,’ relies on the other half of the sentence to make sense.
You can form complex sentences by opening your sentence with a number of words that create subordinate clauses. These are called subordinators.
Common subordinators are:
Punctuation and subordinators
Because opening a sentence with these words creates a subordinate clause, you MUST have a comma later in the sentence to separate it from the main clause. (look again at this sentence)
or When I go into town, my friend comes with me.