Simple Sentence.

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:



Complex-compound sentence:

A compound-complex sentence is made from two independent clauses and one or more dependent clauses.

Some examples:

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… “