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Sentence Types

There are a variety of basic sentence structures including:

  • Simple—one independent clause

  • Compound—more than one independent clause

  • Complex—one independent clause and at least one dependent clause

  • Compound Complex—more than one independent clause and at least one dependent clause

  • Periodic—beginning with modifying phrases and clauses and ending with an independent clause

  • Cumulative—beginning with an independent clause and ending with a series of modifying constructions


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