French complex sentence structures

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    Hi there,

    What exactly are 'complex sentence structures'? Could you give me some examples I could use in my A2 French oral exam please?

    Thanks all!
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    Je m'apelle SausageTroll, don't feel pressured into using this though, you will need to work your way up first.
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    (Original post by SausageTroll)
    Je m'apelle SausageTroll, don't feel pressured into using this though, you will need to work your way up first.
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    The most obvious ones that I can think of right now would be adding in subjunctive clauses, and using 'si' clauses.

    E.g. Bien que ce soit illégal, beaucoup de gens le font. I don't know what you're going to be talking about, but anything with 'although ..., ...' (bien que + subjunctive ..., ...) would class as a complex sentence.

    Si ce n'était pas illégal, les gens ne le feraient pas.
    Si je pourrais changer la loi, je ferais/je changerais ...
    Si la loi avait été différente, tant de gens ne seraient pas morts.

    Si + present + future/present
    Si + imperfect + conditional
    Si + pluperfect + conditional perfect

    I'm pretty sure just adding in a relative clause creates a complex sentence too, e.g le livre que j'aime. la jupe que j'ai achetée. Le probleme a causé beaucoup d'arguments, ce que je trouve bizarre.

    Hope that helps if you've got any more questions feel free to ask.
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    (Original post by Tasha-x)
    The most obvious ones that I can think of right now would be adding in subjunctive clauses, and using 'si' clauses.

    E.g. Bien que ce soit illégal, beaucoup de gens le font. I don't know what you're going to be talking about, but anything with 'although ..., ...' (bien que + subjunctive ..., ...) would class as a complex sentence.

    Si ce n'était pas illégal, les gens ne le feraient pas.
    Si je pourrais changer la loi, je ferais/je changerais ...
    Si la loi avait été différente, tant de gens ne seraient pas morts.

    Si + present + future/present
    Si + imperfect + conditional
    Si + pluperfect + conditional perfect

    I'm pretty sure just adding in a relative clause creates a complex sentence too, e.g le livre que j'aime. la jupe que j'ai achetée. Le probleme a causé beaucoup d'arguments, ce que je trouve bizarre.

    Hope that helps if you've got any more questions feel free to ask.
    Ahh! Thanks

    What's a relative clause?
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    Use flashy phrases such as -

    Il va de soi que [subj.] - it goes without saying that
    Quoi qu'il en soit - whatever the case
    Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas en pensant que/comme - Let's not trick ourselves in thinking that/like...
    Il faut bien reconnaitre que - You/we should remember that

    Or my favourite idiom - il y a plus qu'un ase dans la foire qui s'appelle Martin (you shouldn't jump to conclusions).

    Failing that, subjunctive, si clauses and PDOPs (preceding direct object pronouns).
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    (Original post by coolblergh)
    Ahh! Thanks

    What's a relative clause?
    The relative clause is the bit after 'que' or 'qui' or 'ce que' etc. So in the examples i've given the bits in bold are the relative clause .. le livre que j'aime. la jupe que j'ai achetée. Le probleme a causé beaucoup d'arguments, ce que je trouve bizarre. , il y a un garcon dans la salle, avec qui je suis allé a l'école.
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    (Original post by Tasha-x)
    The relative clause is the bit after 'que' or 'qui' or 'ce que' etc. So in the examples i've given the bits in bold are the relative clause .. le livre que j'aime. la jupe que j'ai achetée. Le probleme a causé beaucoup d'arguments, ce que je trouve bizarre. , il y a un garcon dans la salle, avec qui je suis allé a l'école.
    Oh righttt I know these. Thanks Tasha!
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    (Original post by LGF92)
    Use flashy phrases such as -

    Il va de soi que [subj.] - it goes without saying that
    Quoi qu'il en soit - whatever the case
    Qu'on ne s'y trompe pas en pensant que/comme - Let's not trick ourselves in thinking that/like...
    Il faut bien reconnaitre que - You/we should remember that

    Or my favourite idiom - il y a plus qu'un ase dans la foire qui s'appelle Martin (you shouldn't jump to conclusions).

    Failing that, subjunctive, si clauses and PDOPs (preceding direct object pronouns).
    I know the second and third of those :p: The others are helpful! Thank you
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    ce serait = it will be
    si j'avais le choix = if I had the choice
    je ne pense que ce soit = I don't think that
    bien qu'il y ait = although there is
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    (Original post by LGF92)

    Or my favourite idiom - il y a plus qu'un ase dans la foire qui s'appelle Martin (you shouldn't jump to conclusions).
    It's "Il y a plus d'un âne qui s'appelle Martin", meaning that different things can have the same name. It's very colloquial though - and not often used nowadays - so you shouldn't write it in essays.
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    (Original post by Tasha-x)
    The most obvious ones that I can think of right now would be adding in subjunctive clauses, and using 'si' clauses.

    E.g. Bien que ce soit illégal, beaucoup de gens le font. I don't know what you're going to be talking about, but anything with 'although ..., ...' (bien que + subjunctive ..., ...) would class as a complex sentence.

    Si ce n'était pas illégal, les gens ne le feraient pas.
    Si je pourrais changer la loi, je ferais/je changerais ...
    Si la loi avait été différente, tant de gens ne seraient pas morts.

    Si + present + future/present
    Si + imperfect + conditional
    Si + pluperfect + conditional perfect

    I'm pretty sure just adding in a relative clause creates a complex sentence too, e.g le livre que j'aime. la jupe que j'ai achetée. Le probleme a causé beaucoup d'arguments, ce que je trouve bizarre.

    Hope that helps if you've got any more questions feel free to ask.
    :eek: This is a horrible mistake!
    Si is NEVER followed by -rais. Use Si je pouvais instead (if I could), or si j'étais (if I were) in other contexts.
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    (Original post by Alex2599)
    ce serait = it will be
    Ce serait = It would be
    Ce sera = it will be
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    (Original post by Josb)
    :eek: This is a horrible mistake!
    Si is NEVER followed by -rais. Use Si je pouvais instead (if I could), or si j'étais (if I were) in other contexts.
    Ok, my bad, but calm down!! Simple mistake to make haha and if you see below I've actually stated the rule.
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    (Original post by Tasha-x)
    Ok, my bad, but calm down!! Simple mistake to make haha and if you see below I've actually stated the rule.
    Ok cool, I just meant this is the worst grammatical mistake you can make in French.
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    (Original post by Josb)
    Ok cool, I just meant this is the worst grammatical mistake you can make in French.
    minor exageration
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    try je suis un orange - complex with intrigue - also some comical banter if you just so happen to have a tan! hope this helps
 
 
 
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