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Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences

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Rachel Farfsing

on 27 October 2015

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Transcript of Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences

Simple Sentence
A simple sentence has the most basic elements that make it a sentence: a subject, a verb, and a complete thought.

ex. Joe waited for the train.
"Joe" = subject, "waited" = verb
Simple, Compound, Complex Sentences, and Compound-Complex Sentences
Compound Sentences
A compound sentence refers to a sentence made up of two independent clauses (or complete sentences) connected to one another with a
coordinating conjunction
. Coordinating conjunctions are easy to remember if you think of the words "FAN BOYS":
Compound Sentence Examples
I like pizza,
I like cheeseburgers more.

I should go to sleep,
I'm still watching TV.

Complex Sentences
A complex sentence is made up of an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses connected to it with a
subordinating conjunction

Dependent clauses
begin with

subordinating conjunctions

Complex Sentence Examples
Complex Sentence Examples Cont.
the complex sentence begins with the dependent clause
you must have a comma.

Mary left the party early
I did not see her.

I did not see Mary at the party
she left early.

Compound-Complex Sentences
A sentence with
two or more
independent clauses and at least
one or more
dependent clause.
I have a bad flu
, and
because I need to get well soon
I won't think about school just yet

After the tornado had hit
my house was gone
, but
my neighbor's house was not touched

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