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T he Compound-Complex Sentence
 
Lesson 2-38
Prompt:A complex sentence with two or more independent clauses is a compound-complex sentence.
Example:Consider the following: "Slavery was one of the chief issues of the Civil War; however, President Lincoln desired to save the Union above all else when the southern states seceded from the Union." Note that this sentence has two independent clauses and one dependent clause — the sentence is a compound-complex sentence.
Directions:Click to select below each of the following sentences whether the sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex.
1.Since the Union needed the help of England in the war, President Lincoln found that the time had come — he issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
2.Because they were needed to fight the war, black army units were organized to fight against the South.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
3.The results of the war could be found in the hospitals of the North and South.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
4.Walt Whitman, who was the Civil War poet, spent much time in the Union hospitals and described the terrible carnage and death.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
5.That the nation thought the war would last a short time caused the North and the South to plan for a short war.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
6.Army surgeons amputated legs and arms of the wounded even though pain killers were not known at that time.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
7.The Civil War was not fought on the land alone; battles took place between the navies of the two sides.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)
8.Because of the great hatred between the North and South, it took years to heal the wounds of the war, and it took years for the nation to feel like one nation again.
(simple) (compound) (complex) (compound-complex)