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Simple or Compound (Level 1)

Quick Instructions:

If the sentence contains only one clause, the answer is (A) simple sentence.

If the sentence contains more than one clause, the answer is (B) compound sentence.

The answer will never be C, D, or E, because we have not yet studied these sentence patterns:

Longer Explanation:

All the sentences we have studied thus far have consisted of only one clause. A sentence with only one clause is called a simple sentence.

However, just as subjects, objects, and complements can be compounded (joined together), we can also connect entire clauses using the conjunction "and." The result is a compound sentence.

Here are some examples of compound sentences.

simple sentence = a sentence consisting of only one clause.

compound sentence = a sentence consisting of two or more (independent) clauses.

 

Study the following sentences. Each clause is highlighed in a different color.

 

Sentence  

1

The boys walked down the road, and their parents waved from the house.

compound

2

His goal is unrealistic.

simple

3

John bought some new shoes, and he wore them to a party.

compound

4

The whole group apologized.

simple

5

We went to the movie theater last night, and then we went to dinner at the local steakhouse.

compound

6

Father plays the piano, and Susan plays the guitar.

compound

7

My wife is also my best friend.

simple

8

Thoughtful neighbors and friends of the family sent bouquets to the funeral.

simple

9

My family went to the park yesterday, and we had a wonderful time.

compound

10

Stella cooked dinner, and she also washed the dishes.

compound