Types of Sentences

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There are four different types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex.

Simple Sentences

A simple sentence has one main clause. That means it has one subject and one verb. In addition, a simple sentence can have adjectives and adverbs. Note that a simple sentence can't have another main clause or any subordinate clauses.

Example are given below.

Compound Sentences

A compound sentence consists of two or more main clauses. The clauses can be joined with a coordinating conjunction (e.g. for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) or a semicolon (;). As with a simple sentence, a compound sentence can't have any subordinate clauses.

Complex Sentences

A complex sentence contains one main clause and at least one subordinate clause. These sentences use subordinating conjunctions to link ideas.

Compound-Complex Sentences

A compound-complex sentence has at least two main clauses and at least one subordinating clause. The dependent clause can be part of the independent clause.

See also

Types of sentences
Sentence functions
Adjective clauses
Relative clauses
Relative pronouns
Identifying relative clauses
Adverb clauses
Noun clauses
Synthesis of sentences
Transformation of sentences
The adverb too