Kinds of Sentence Structure

The Simple Sentence and the Compound Sentence

1. A simple sentence has one independent clause and no subordinate clauses. A simple sentence may have a compound subject, a compound verb, or both.

In these examples, the subject and the verb are highlighted.

2. A compound sentence has two or more independent clauses and no subordinate clauses.

The independent clauses of a compound sentence are usually joined by a comma and a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, nor, for, so, or yet).

3. Distinguishing Compound Sentences from Compound Subjects and Compound Verbs:

A simple sentence has only one independent clause. It may have a compound subject or a compound verb or both. A compound sentence has two or more independent clauses. Each independent clause has its own subject and verb. Any of the independent clauses in a compound sentence may have a compound subject, a compound verb, or both.


Kinds of Sentence Structure:
The Simple Sentence and the Compound Sentence
The Complex Sentence

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