What could be a good compound-complex sentence out of the story "Thank You, M'am"?

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I am not sure if you are asking how to write a sentence about the story or find a sentence in the story, so I will give you an example of both.

A compound-complex sentence has two types of clauses.  One type of clause is independent, and the other is subordinate (also known as dependent). A clause is a group of words that has a subject and a verb. An independent clause expresses a complete idea, but a subordinate clause is an incomplete thought.

A compound sentence has at least two independent clauses.  A compound-complex sentence has at lease two independent clauses and at least one subordinate clause.  It’s a combination of a compound sentence and a complex sentence.

Here is an example of a compound-complex sentence written about the story.

Roger is a boy who steals a woman’s purse, but he learns a valuable lesson.

The independent clauses are “Roger is a boy” and “he learns a valuable lesson.”

The subordinate clause is “who steals a woman’s purse.”

If you need an example of a compound-complex sentence from the story, here is one.

The woman did not watch the boy to see if he was going to run now, nor did she watch her purse which she left behind her on the day-bed.

“The woman did not watch the boy” is the first independent clause and the second is “did she watch her purse.”  The subordinate clauses are “to see if he was going to run now” and “which she left behind her on the day-bed.”

The clause “to see if he was going to run now” is also an infinitive clause, which means that it includes an infinitive, “to see.”

How can you tell if these are subordinate clauses?  The clause “which she left behind her on the day-bed” is not a complete thought.  It does not make sense as a sentence on its own.  Therefore, it is a subordinate clause. “The woman did not watch the boy” is an independent clause because it expresses a complete thought.

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