Three sine functions
All zeros of the function Sin[a x] + Sin[b x] lie on the real axis. But for Sin[a x] + Sin[b x] + Sin[c x], there are usually zeros off the real axis (even say for a=1, b=3/2, c=5/3), as shown in the pictures below.
If a, b and c are rational, Sin[a x]+Sin[b x]+Sin[c x] is periodic with period 2 π /GCD[a, b, c], and there are a limited number of different spacings between zeros. But in a case like Sin[x]+Sin[Sqrt x]+Sin[Sqrt x] there is a continuous distribution of spacings between zeros, as shown on a logarithmic scale below. (For 0 < x < 106 there are a total of 448,494 zeros, with maximum spacing ≃4.6 and minimum spacing ≃0.013.)