A main clause has a subject and a predicate and can stand alone as a sentences. Some sentences have a maon clause and a subordinate clause.
A subordinate clause is a group of words that has a subject and a predicate but does not express a complete thought and cannot stand alone as a sentence. A subordinate clause is always com bined with a main clause in a sentence.
A complex sentence has one main clause and one or more subordinate clauses.
EXAMPLE – Mariah,who moved here from Montana, is very popular.
EXAMPLE – Since Mariah moved to Springfield, she has made many new friends.
EXAMPLE – Everyone says that Mariah is friendly.
PRACTICE Write each sentence. Underline each main clause once and each subordinate clause twice, Write simple or complex to identify the sentence.
1 It can be fun to stay in a big hotel, even though it is often expensive. complex
2 Hotels that have swimming pools are common. simple
3 Many hotels also have workout rooms, which are like small gymnasiums. complex
4 Of course, large hotels have at least one restaurant. simple
5 You can get room service so you can eat in your room. simple
6 In some hotels, someone turns your bed down in the evening and leaves candy on your pillow. complex
7 You don’t even have to carry your own luggage. simple
8 When your check in or out, a hotel employee will carry your bags for you. complex
9 That person also shows you everything in you room. simple
10 Give the person a tip because he or she works hard. simple