The four possible structures of a sentence:
- A simple sentence, which contains an independent clause
- A compound sentence, which contains two or more independent clauses connected with a coordinating conjunction or a semicolon
- A complex sentence, which contains one independent clause and one or more dependent clauses
- A compound-complex sentence, which is a hybrid. It is a variation on a compound sentence where a complex sentence has replaced one or both of the independent clauses.
Here are some examples: