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Transcript of Zombie 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.
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 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 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.
ZOMBIES ARE ATTACKING!
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.