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Zombie Sentences

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Matt Gomez

on 18 September 2014

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Zombie Sentences
Complex Sentences
Complex sentences contain both a dependent clause and an independent clause. Unlike the independent clause, a dependent clause can't stand on its own. It won't make sense without the rest of the sentence.

Example: Because the zombies broke my window, I ran away from the house.

Take your simple sentence from earlier and make it complex by adding a DEPENDENT clause to the beginning.
Compound-Complex Sentences
A compound-complex sentence has at least TWO independent clauses, and at least one dependent clause.

Example: Because the zombies broke my window, I ran away from the house, and I was nearly eaten alive.

Take your COMPLEX sentence from before, and add a second independent clause.
Simple Sentences
Simple sentences have a subject and a verb. Simple sentences contain one INDEPENDENT clause (a statement that can stand on its own).

Example: The zombies broke my window.

Find a simple sentence in your essay and copy it to your notes.
Compound Sentences
Compound sentences contain TWO independent clauses. Both clauses could stand on their own, but they are connected by either a comma/conjunction (FANBOY) or a semicolon.

Example: The zombies broke my window, and I was terrified.

Take your simple sentence and make it a compound sentence by adding another independent clause and connecting it to your first simple sentence with a comma and a FANBOY.
There are four types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

While these may sound confusing, they're
easy to write once you know what to look for.
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