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Transformation of a Simple Sentence into a Complex Sentences
A simple sentence can be converted into a complex sentence by expanding a word or phrase into a subordinate clause – which can be a noun clause, an adjective clause or an adverb clause.Noun clause
He liked my suggestion. (Simple sentence)
Note that it is usually a noun or a noun equivalent that can be changed into a noun clause.Adjective clause
There I saw a beautiful girl. (Simple sentence)
You can notice that it is adjectives or adjective equivalents or appositional words or phrases that are generally converted into adjective clauses.Adverb clauses
She was too poor to educate her children. (Simple sentence)
You will have noticed that it is adverb phrases and adverbs that are converted to adverb clauses.Exercise
Convert the following simple sentences into complex sentences by changing the italicized words or phrases into clauses.
1. John admitted his guilt.
1. John admitted that he was guilty.
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