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Sentences: Independent Clauses, Simple and Compound Sentences

A brief summary of independent clauses, simple sentences, conjunctions, and compound sentences.
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Zach Hamer

on 29 August 2010

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Transcript of Sentences: Independent Clauses, Simple and Compound Sentences

Independent Clauses and Sentence Types. What is a clause? A CLAUSE is a group of words that contains
a subject and a verb. Example: Your genes carry your family's
genetic history. Subject Verb An independent (or main) clause expresses
a complete thought. It can stand alone as a
complete sentence. A simple sentence consists of just one
independent clause. EXAMPLES: 1. Most TV shows involve families. 2. Most people relate to a fictional familty. A COMPOUND SENTENCE consists of two or more independent clauses joined together, often with a conjunction. EXAMPLES: TV families often own dogs, but they
rarely owned cats. African American families were not on TV in the early days; that situation is very different today. Why does this matter? Writing with different sentence structures will help you
clarify the relationships between your ideas and add variety
to your writing. EXAMPLE: Draft: Other black characters had been on TV.
The Jeffersons was the first show
about an afluent black family.
The show was a spinoff from All in the Family.
The show lasted for ten years. Revision: Other black characters had been on TV, but The
Jeffersons was the first show about an affluent black family. The show
was a spinoff of All in the Family and it lasted for ten years. Flip over your paper and complete the
excercises on the back.
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