Special Sub-Topic: Sentence Structure Challenge
|The Cleveland Indians, who have rebuilt themselves in the off season, have lost their home opener this year.|
Complex. Don't forget about the subordinate clause "who have rebuilt . . . " modifying the subject of the independent clause "Cleveland Indians." Subordinate + Independent = Complex.
|Mark said that he forgot his homework, and he asked if he could make it up later.|
Compound - Complex. The "that" in front of "he forgot his homework" makes that part of the sentence into a subordinate clause, and two independent clauses + one subordinate clause = compound-complex.
|Although he was very intelligent, Mario could not figure out how to solve the Rubik's Cube.|
Complex. The first clause is subordinate, whereas the rest of the sentence is independent. Don't let the infinitive phrase "to solve the Rubik's Cube" fool you!
|My favorite sport to watch in the fall is football, so I clear my schedule every Sunday to watch the Browns.|
Compound. Go Browns! Here we have two independent clauses, so we have a compound sentence.
|The circus, with its crazy clowns and brave lion tamers, is in town this week.|
Simple. Don't let its length fool you - there is only one subject + verb pair (circus is) in this sentence, so it is simple.
|Joan said she loves shopping, but she doesn't have enough money to do it as often as she would like!|
Compound-Complex. Another understood "that" - this time after said - makes two independent clauses and two subordinate clauses.
|When he saw the price of the car, he started laughing and walked away.|
Complex. Can you spot the subordinate clause in this one?
|In the middle of the night, a loud noise from my neighbor's house woke me up.|
Simple. The first part of the sentence is a series of prepositional phrases - don't be tricked into seeing them as a subordinate clause - there's no verb.
|Violence on television has been debated by politicians for years, yet they still don't have a good plan about how to deal with it.|
Compound. Lots of prepositions are in this sentence, which makes it look like a sentence that might have a few subordinate clauses in it.
|This is the end of my quiz, which had to happen sometime; I hope you liked it!|
Compound-Complex. The two independent clauses are "This is the end of my quiz" and "I hope you liked it"; they're joined by a semicolon, making the sentence compound. If you take a closer look, it's also complex, though: check out the dependent clause "which had to happen sometime"! The structure is both complex and compound.
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