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Types of sentences in English

One of the most important steps in understanding English sentences is knowing the sentence structure in English. If you are learning English, you should first be familiar with the simplest grammar topics such as sentence structure. There are several types of sentences in English, including simple, compound, and complex. In the following, we will introduce you to different types of sentences in English. Stay with us until the end of this article.

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Structure of sentence types in English

Simple sentence in English

A simple sentence in English is actually a sentence that consists of only one clause sentence and has a verb. Now look at the following examples:

Simple sentence formula:

Subject + Verb

Computers are important in the modern world.

The children were laughing.

All the girls are learning English.

Composite sentence structure

Sentence structure in English

Now we want to define compound sentences in English. To make a compound sentence, we must use at least two independent clauses. To connect two sentences, we can either use a semicolon (;) and we can use coordinating conjunctions. Now look at the following examples:

Tip: The most common conjunctions are:

For

And

Nor

But

Or

Yet

So

Then

Example:

The piston engines pollute the air; the electrical ones do not.

You go; I go.

I phoned him but he did not answer.

They are coming by car so they should be here soon.

We looked everywhere but we couldn’t find him.

Complex sentence structure in English

Complex sentences consist of one independent sentence and one or more pseudo-sentences. The dependent clause is usually connected to the independent clause by inflection. Do not forget that compound sentences are used to show the specific relationship between two concepts. If the pseudo-sentence comes first, a comma is placed between it and the independent sentence. Otherwise, no punctuation is required.

 Now look at the following examples:

Her father died when she was very young.

In the example above, the constituent Pseudo and the conjunction are:

Her father died (Original Pseudo-sentence)

When (affiliate link)

She was very young (Pseudo-dependent sentence)

She had a difficult childhood because her father died when she was very young.

The constructor of the Pseudo-sentence and the conjunction of the above example are:

She had a difficult childhood (Original Pseudo sentence)

Because (affiliate link)

Her father died (Pseudo-dependent sentence 1)

When (affiliate link)

She was very young (Pseudo-dependent sentence2)

Although a few snakes are dangerous most of them are quite harmless.

Sometimes a pseudo-dependent sentence comes at the beginning of a sentence. The maker of Pseudo-dependent sentences and the conjunction of the example above are:

Although (dependent conjunction)

Some snakes are dangerous (Pseudo-dependent sentence)

Most of them are harmless (Original Pseudo sentence)

I hope this article has been useful for you and that you are familiar with all three sentence structures in English.

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