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Understand Complex Sentences By Using LiveBook App

Updated: Feb 18

A complex sentence is a sentence with two or more dependent sentences and independent sentences mixed by subordinating conjunctions, such as "although," "after," "until," "while," or "when" – Simple English Wikipedia.


The hardest part of reading English is to be confusing with a complex sentence in which its clauses were reduced. If you are one of those, while you are reading English novels and newspapers, you might often rolling back and forth when you have been stuck by a complex sentence which you can't understand.


For example:


The auditors ordered the Czech government to return all the money paid to Agrofert from European regional development and social funds, according to a leaked report obtained by the Czech news organization Denik N and shared with The Times. – The New York Times

This complex sentence contains five times of clause reduction which makes it harder for English novice to understand. If we expand this sentence into a full complex sentence:


The auditors ordered the Czech government to return all the money which was paid to Agrofert from European regional development and social funds, which was according to a report that was leaked which was obtained by the Czech news organization Denik N and was shared with The Times.

If we expand it more into dependent and independent sentences:

  1. The auditors ordered the Czech government to return all the money.

  2. The money was paid to Agrofert from European regional development and social funds.

  3. All the money was according to a report.

  4. A report was leaked.

  5. A report was obtained by the Czech news organization Denik N.

  6. A report was shared with The Times.


That is the reason why a complex sentence or reduced clause in a complex sentence is hard to understand by English students and enthusiasts.


LiveBook makes it easier for you.

LiveBook's a sentence structure analyzer separates a complex sentence into dependent and independent clauses with different colors, highlighting all places of verbs so you can focus on what's familiar, Subject + Verb + Object, pointing to another clause which that clause is referencing.


Besides the sentence structure analyzer, it uses iPhone OCR camera for scanning texts, capturing and lookup words in its dictionary with translations. It's a perfect scanning dictionary among other text recognition apps that can assist students and enthusiasts to learn new words from texts but doesn't ruin English learning habits.



If you are new to a complex sentence or reduced clause in a complex sentence, LiveBook is one of the perfect tools to help you understand in what does the author wants you to know through the art of writing.


Furthermore, you can do these too with LiveBook:


  • Point towards unfamiliar words on books and newspapers to capture and get their definitions in its dictionary which has more than 150,000 words including technical terms and phrases.

  • Translate those definitions into 64 languages using a highly sophisticated translation engine from Google.

  • Practice pronunciation exercises, which also provide additional feedbacks right from a marvelous native accent dictation and recognition engine of the Apple iOS platform.

  • Challenge yourself with quizzes generated from the past lookups.

  • Reverse lookup by using keywords contained in definitions.

  • All information is kept in iCloud, which shared across your devices.

  • You can use SoftenStorm's LiveBook on airplanes or even in rural areas because it doesn't require the internet.

Don't hesitate to download. It's free on the App Store: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/livebook-scanning-dictionary/id1554018601.

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