Four basic sentence structures you should know

Check out this helpful post from the Thayer Literary Services blog on four basic sentence structures you should know.

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THE English language uses four basic sentence structures:

1. A simple sentence is a sentence with just one independent clause (also called a main clause): I purchased a tour guide and a travel journal at the bookstore.

2. A compound sentence contains at least two independent clauses: I purchased a tour guide and a travel journal, but the bookstore was out of maps.

3. A complex sentence contains an independent clause and at least one dependent clause: Because I was planning to visit Tokyo, I purchased a tour guide and a travel journal. The dependant clause is underlined.

4. A compound-complexsentence contains two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent clause: While Mary waited, I purchased a tour guide and a travel journal at the bookstore, and then the two of us went to dinner. The dependant clause is underlined.

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