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    Complex Sentence Query

    Hello,

    I believe I am right in saying that a coordinating conjunction effectively stands apart from the independent clauses either side of it, e.g.

    She was five and he was six.

    My query centres on whether a subordinate conjunction does the same, or whether it is in effect part of the second clause and, in so being, subordinates it to the first clause.

    Which of these, if either, is correct please?

    I will have to drive tonight unless I can think of an excuse. (Independent clause + subordinate conjunction + independent clause = ? I think this is wrong.)

    I will have to drive tonight unless I can think of an excuse. (Independent clause, subordinate clause = complex sentence. I think this is right for the above reason, but I'm not certain.)

    Thanks in advance for any help.

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    Re: Complex Sentence Query

    I agree with your analysis.

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    Re: Complex Sentence Query

    Thank you.

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    Re: Complex Sentence Query

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you", matt. It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful.

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