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Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences Poster

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Use this poster to show your students the attributes that make up simple, compound and complex sentences.

Simple Sentences

A simple sentence is also called an independent clause. It contains a subject and a verb and expresses a complete thought.

Scott plays tennis in the morning.

Compound Sentences

A compound sentence contains two independent clauses joined by a coordinating conjunction (and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet).

Scott was playing tennis, so Mary went to the beach.

Complex Sentences

A complex sentence combines an independent clause with one or more dependent clauses. A complex sentence always has a subordinating conjunction (after, although, because, since, when) or a relative pronoun (that, which, who).

Scott wore his hat because he was playing in the sun.

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  • Some corrections have been made to the highlighting/sentences on this poster to more accurately convey the components of sentence type. The design has also been updated.

    Fix by Stephanie (Teach Starter) Mar 29th, 2021

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