Sentence Structure

There are different kinds of sentences: Simple, Compound, Complex, or Compound-complex.

These are identified by which clauses they contain: independent (a complete thought) and dependent/subordinate clauses (an incomplete thought).

KEY: Independent Clauses= blue, Dependent Clauses= green

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A Simple Sentence is one independent clause with no dependent clauses.

                  EX: Monmouth College has an excellent Marching Band program.

For more information see page 785-786 of the Bedford.

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A Compound Sentence is composed of two or more independent clauses with no dependent clauses.

EX: The business office is closed today, but it will be open again on Monday.

For more information see page 786 of the Bedford.

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A Complex Sentence is made up of one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.

EX: If you are going to miss class, email your Professor.

For more information see page 786-787 of the Bedford.

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A Compound-Complex Sentence contains at least two independent clauses and at least one dependent clause.

EX: Tell your roommate how you feel, and she will decide whether to clean up her side of the room or not.

For more information see page 787 of the Bedford.

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For more help visit the Writing Center on the 3rd floor of Mellinger Mon-Thurs 3-5 and Sun-Thurs 7-10.

Or, see the Bedford pages 785-787

CAC 2012 Draxler, Adams

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