Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences
Note: These are the basic structural definitions of our sentence types. To understand further, or to see examples, you must look through the Powerpoint slides to the right.
Simple Sentence: A simple sentence can have a compound subject and a compound predicate, but still has one independent clause.
Compound Sentence: A compound sentence has two independent clauses, separated by a coordinating conjunction.
Complex Sentence: A complex sentence has one independent sentence, and one or more dependent sentences. Typically, a complex sentence will begin with one of our sub-starters, or subordinating conjunctions.
Compound-Complex Sentence: A compound-complex sentence has two independent clauses, and one or more dependent clauses.
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Definition of a Sentence