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The four types of sentence structures include simple, compound, complex, and compound complex.

Simple Sentences
A simple sentence contains one independent clause.
For example:

Coach Madison supported Louis and the team.

Becky and Louis left town on Friday morning.


Compound Sentences

A compound sentence contains two or more independent clauses, jointed by a coordinating conjunction (and, but, or, so) or a semicolon.

For example:

Mr. and Mrs. Banks supported Louis, but Mr. Jasper criticized his emotional outburst.

The small town was in an uproar; their team had been defeated.


Complex Sentences

A complex sentence contains one independent and one or more dependent (subordinate) clauses.

For example:

Because the coach acted unfairly, Louis refused to play with the team.

The class performed the one act play which Marion had written.


Compound-Complex Sentences

A compound-complex sentence combines two or more independent clauses and at least one dependent (subordinate) clause.

For example:

Although our team feared the opposition, they played exceptionally well, and
they almost won the game.


What kind of sentences are the following. Why? [Try underlining the independent clauses once and double underline the dependent clause]

Mark stole my purse, and I went to my teacher, who redressed the problem.


She promised to redress grievances although she disagreed with some of the behavior as it would improve the working environment.


Vicky decided to redress the problems that she had created between her friends and she tried to make amends with them because she missed talking to them.


When he made some inflammatory comments, he tried to redress the situation, but he made it worse.


When I yelled at my sister, I felt bad, but I redressed the nonsense by giving her a hug.


When the owner redressed the problem with the food, the customers were much happier.

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