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Transcript of Sentence Structures
A sentence's structure is determined by the number and kinds of clauses it contain.
A simple sentence consists of a single independent clause.
I ate ice cream.
Remember, it doesn't necessarily mean the sentence is short.
After school, Bill and I ate the delicious frozen ice cream and the warm and gooey cookies.
A compound sentence consists of two or more independent clauses.
I ate ice cream, but my friend ate cookies.
Usually, the two independent clauses are separated by a comma and a conjunction.
A complex sentence consists of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.
When dinner was over, I ate ice cream for dessert.
Use a comma to separate the clauses when the dependent clause is before the independent clause.
A compound/complex sentence consists of two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.
I ate ice cream for dessert when dinner was over,
but my friend ate cookies.
A group of words that contain a subject, a verb, and expresses a complete idea.
A group of words that contain a subject and verb. There are two kinds.
Can stand alone
Cannot stand alone