The compound-complex sentence is made up of 2 independent clauses plus 1 dependent clause.
Here is an example:
While we were going home, the rain was falling, and the lightning was flashing.
Dependent clause: while we were going home.
Independent clause: the rain was falling.
Independent clause: the lightning was flashing.
Note: the coordinate conjunction “and” joins two independent clauses. The subordinate conjunction “while” joins the dependent clause to the two independent clauses.
Following this pattern, let’s make ten compound-complex sentences.
- While we were leaving for work, the lightning was flashing, but there was no thunder.
- As the teacher was talking, the students were making noise, and the dogs were barking.
- While I was preparing the snacks, my brother was packing the car, and my sister was preparing the drinks for the picnic.
- Because they invited us, we went to the wedding, and my sister took and expensive gift.
- While they were digging the drain, the shovel broke, and the workers were confused.
- As the holiday season approached, my mother baked cakes, and my mind was filled with joy.
- When the bell ran, the students rushed out, and the teacher looked confused.
- When the news about the war broke, I became scared, but my stupid brother was excited.
- When the new president was sworn in, many people cheered, but many others were unhappy.
- When the football gamed was completed, the clouds became frighteningly dark and the thunder roared angrily.