A simple sentence has just one independent clause. For example:
- A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs.
- Compound sentences
Below are examples of compound sentences. In each example, the independent clauses are shaded.
- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the first. (Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)
- There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed. (Peter Sellers, 1925-1980)
- Go, and never darken my towels again. (Groucho Marx, 1890-1977)
- Complex sentence:
A compound-complex sentence is made from two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.
1. Although I like to go camping, I haven’t had the time to go lately, and I haven’t found anyone to go with.
independent clause: “I haven’t had the time to go lately”
independent clause: “I haven’t found anyone to go with”
dependent clause: “Although I like to go camping… “