Types of Sentences
Types of Sentences : Grammar and Spelling Tips
A simple sentence contains a subject and a main verb; it contains one independent clause.
This is a simple sentence with one subject and one verb forming an independent clause. Naturally, a simple sentence can include other things:
- I like a couple of cups of coffee first thing in the morning.
A compound sentence contains two or more independent clauses, often joined by a co-ordinator.
I like coffee, but my partner prefers tea.
A complex sentence contains an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.
Because I have trouble waking up, I have coffee first thing in the morning. (The dependent clause is in bold and the independent clause is italicized)
The dependent clause cannot exist on its own; it requires the independent clause to make sense.
A compound-complex sentence contains at least two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
Some people say that the best coffee comes from Brazil, but others say that the best coffee comes from the Blue Mountains in Jamaica.
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