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Sentences

Sentences

 

What should a sentence look like?

 

·     Begins with a capital letter

·     Ends with proper punctuation

·     Incorporates proper internal punctuation

·       Expresses a complete thought

 

simple sentence contains a simple subject and a simple predicate.  This is also called an independent clause.

 

Example of a simple sentence:

 

(independent clause)

Mary had a little lamb.

 

Compound sentences are two simple sentences joined with a comma and a conjunction.

 

Example of a compound sentence:

 

                     (independent clause)              (independent clause)

Mary had a little lamb, and she loved it very much.

 

Complex sentences are made up of an independent clause and one or more dependent clauses.  A dependent clause cannot stand alone.

 

Example of a complex sentence:

 

                     (independent clause)                            (dependent clause)

The lamb followed Mary to school after she fed it.

                                      

Or

 

              (dependent clause)             (independent clause)  

After she fed it, the lamb followed Mary to school.

 

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