This example illustrates how to diagram a
compound-complex sentence. A compound-complex sentence
consists of 2 or more independent clauses and 1 or more dependent or
In diagramming a sentence like this, leave lots of room between the independent clauses, so as to fit the dependent clause(s) between. "When it rains" is the dependent or subordinate clause in this sentence. It is being used as an adverb dependent clause modifying the verb, "stops," in the first independent clause and it answers the question, when the work stops.
rains, the work stops and most of the men go home.
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