Hybrid Sentences (1)

Study the following examples:

Bobby swatted a fly.

simple sentence

Bobby swatted a fly, and he crushed a cockroach.

compound sentence

Bobby swatted a fly and crushed a cockroach.



What should we call that last example? Is it a simple sentence or a compound sentence?

It may surprise you to learn that grammarians disagree.

So which is it? Take your pick! Or better yet, call it whatever your English teacher wants you to call it. In my class, we are going to call it a hybrid sentence.

hybrid =
  1. the offspring of two plants or animals of different species, such as a mule (a hybrid of a donkey and a horse).
  2. a thing made by combining two different elements; a mixture.


In other words, imagine that a simple sentence and a compound sentence have gotten together and made a baby. That baby is a hybrid sentence—a sentence that is half-simple and half-compound.

Instructions for the Quiz

For each sentence, determine if the sentence is