Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

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Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

Read the following sentence and decide if they are simple,
compound or complex

1. The boy at his lunch.
2. The unhappy boy with no shoes ate his tiny lunch on the
door step in the rain.
3. After dinner, the baby woke up his mother with a loud yell.
4. The dog barked and the baby woke up
5. The police caught them and put them in jail.
6. She lived in Hull for many years but she didn't like it.
7. The dog barked because it was lonely
8. Because the dog barked, the baby woke up
9. The dog barked until the baby woke up
10.
I was very happy when I first came to Hull.

Write three simple sentences
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2. ___________________________________________________
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Write three compound sentences
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2. ___________________________________________________
3. ___________________________________________________

Write three complex sentences
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Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences


Simple Sentences

Simple sentences have one verb.
• The man walked home.
• The tall man with a beard walked home in the
poring rain

Compound Sentences

Compound sentences have two verbs and are joined
together by a conjunction (like but, so, or, and ), both
parts of the sentence make sense on their own.

• The dog barked and it woke the baby.
• I opened the door so she could come inside.

Complex Sentences

Complex sentences can have more than one verb. They
usually have conjunctions like, if, when, because,
whenever etc. They have a main clause and subordinate
clause. The subordinate clause cannot work without the
main clause.

• The baby woke up when the doorbell rang
• I can't help you if you can't tell me what's wrong.