# Thread: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

1. ## How do you analyze a complex sentence?

"That you should say so suprises me."
How do you analyze the above complex sentence?

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## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

that you should say so =subject
surprises=verb
me=direct object

3. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Could it be elliptical?

Ex: (The fact) that you should say so ... .

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## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

that you should say so is a relative clause

5. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by awatef
that you should say so is a relative clause
What is its noun?

6. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by awatef
that you should say so =subject
surprises=verb
me=direct object
This is to say you don't understand what a complex sentence is.
First of all, try to understand a complex sentence and then analyze complex sentences.
Some complex sentences are difficult to analyze.
With kindest wishes!
Last edited by whitemoon; 08-Aug-2008 at 06:22.

7. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by Soup
Could it be elliptical? (I think you don't understand a complex sentence.)

Ex: (The fact) that you should say so ... .You can't add the fact because that is a noun clause. If you add "the fact" before "that you should say so", it becomes adjective clause.
Suppose you may do. If you add "the fact" before "that you should say so", what do you add before the following sentence?
What he said was true.
This is a complex sentence also.
What do you add before "what he said"?
With kindest wishes!
Last edited by whitemoon; 08-Aug-2008 at 06:20.

8. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by awatef
that you should say so is a relative clause
Right! Exactly, a noun clause.

9. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by Soup
What is its noun?
How do you think?

10. ## Re: How do you analyze a complex sentence?

Originally Posted by whitemoon
"That you should say so suprises me."
How do you analyze the above complex sentence?
What do you mean by "analyze"? Do you want each word and phrase labelled with a part of speech?

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