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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

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

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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
Last edited by Mag; 25-Oct-2006 at 18:57.

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.

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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
Last edited by Mag; 26-Oct-2006 at 08:40.

Considering terminology, "that" is known as "conjunction" in such contexts.

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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

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.

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Hi, mehmetmamger,
So, 'that he was looking for his fan and gloves' is the verb compliment in the sentence, right? Pls tell..........thanks so much!
Mag

Exactly it is.

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