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To practice compound-complex sentences I write the following sentence:

Two young people meet, finding that they are clicking with each other, and then they get married.

I wonder if the first two clauses form a complex sentence? The first clause is an independent sentence and the second cannot stand alone as a sentence and is dependent on the first one, but it seems that a dependent maker word is not necessary here. I know dependent maker words are words like after, although, as, as if, because, before, even if, even though, if, in order to, since, though, unless, until, whatever, when, whenever, whether, and while.

Or is my sentence a legal compound-complex sentence?

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  • It doesn't make sense semantically. The "finding...clicking" has to happen after they meet. You could have a compound sentence "Two people meet, find that they click with each other, and get married. Jun 22 at 1:58
  • It works if they're castanet-players who meet for the first time while playing at a gig. But you don't need the last "they". Jun 22 at 2:30
  • @JackO'Flaherty I thought this would be a compound-complex sentence: Two young people meet, and then get married because they click with each other. Jun 22 at 23:49
  • @LernerZhang Yes, that is compound-complex. Jun 23 at 0:30

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