The UVic Writer's Guide


Compound-Complex Sentences


A compound-complex sentence combines the two structures:

"Because I forgot to pay my bills, the bank repossessed my car, and the phone company cut off my service."

Combining clauses in these forms makes the rhythm of your writing more varied. On the other hand, a simple sentence is often more useful for emphasis or clarity than a sentence with a multitude of clauses. Maintain a balance between complexity and simplicity.


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