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• 24-Oct-2006, 18:38
Mag
Hello, everybody,
I want to know the following sentence is a compound sentence or compound complex sentence. Also, how many clauses in it?
Here is the sentence:
Alice guessed that he was looking for his fan and white kid gloves and good-naturedly joined in the hunt, but the Rabbit's belongings were nowhere to be seen.
Hope any of you can give me the explanation. Thanks.
Mag
• 24-Oct-2006, 22:43
MikeNewYork
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Originally Posted by Mag
Hello, everybody,
I want to know the following sentence is a compound sentence or compound complex sentence. Also, how many clauses in it?
Here is the sentence:
Alice guessed that he was looking for his fan and white kid gloves and good-naturedly joined in the hunt, but the Rabbit's belongings were nowhere to be seen.
Hope any of you can give me the explanation. Thanks.
Mag

A compound sentence has more than one independent clause.
A complex sentence has one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.
A compound-complex sentence has more than one independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

Your sentence has three clauses, 2 independent and one dependent, so it is compound-complex. I will mark the clauses in color. Incidentally, the first independent clause has two verbs joined by a conjunction, but it is one clause.

Alice guessed that he was looking for his fan and white kid gloves and good-naturedly joined in the hunt, but the Rabbit's belongings were nowhere to be seen.

orange = dependent clause
• 25-Oct-2006, 18:31
Mag
Hi,
So, is the dependent clause a relative clause? I mean, can a dependent clause be a relative clause,pls explain. Thanks

Moreover. what is 'that' in the sentence? Is it an object?
'he was looking for his fan and his white kid' ---object compliment? Am I right?
mag
• 25-Oct-2006, 22:50
MikeNewYork
Quote:

Originally Posted by Mag
Hi,
So, is the dependent clause a relative clause? I mean, can a dependent clause be a relative clause,pls explain. Thanks

Moreover. what is 'that' in the sentence? Is it an object?
'he was looking for his fan and his white kid' ---object compliment? Am I right?
mag

Any clause that cannot stand on its own as a complete sentence is a dependent clause. There are various kinds of dependent clause. A relative clause is one type. This clause is a noun clause. It acts as the direct object of the verb "guessed", because it answers "what did Alice guess?"
In that sentence "that" is a conjunction used to introduce the noun clause. It has no function in the clause itself. As a matter of fact, it could be omitted.
• 26-Oct-2006, 08:10
Mag
Hi,
Isn't that:
'that he was looking for his fan and white kid gloves' -- is the object of the sentence or is the verb compliment?
Does it have an object in the sentence?
One more question is about the first independent clause, I think 'Alice guessed' is the main clause and 'good naturedly joined in the hunt' is another independent clause. Am I right? Pls tell...because right now I'm so confused!!
Thanks
• 26-Oct-2006, 08:25
mehmetmamger
Considering terminology, "that" is known as "conjunction" in such contexts.
• 26-Oct-2006, 08:42
Mag
Hi, mehmetmemger,
Pls tell us more details......why 'that' is the conjunction in the sentence? It means it mustn't be a relative clause, right?
Mag
• 27-Oct-2006, 01:04
mehmetmamger
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Originally Posted by Mag
Hi, mehmetmemger,
Pls tell us more details......why 'that' is the conjunction in the sentence? It means it mustn't be a relative clause, right?
Mag

No, actually it is a THAT Clause, that's to say, a noun clause.
• 27-Oct-2006, 04:52
Mag