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Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences - General English Grammar



Simple: A sentence which has only one main clause is called simple sentence.

Compound: A sentence that has two or more main clauses connected by means of conjunctions are called compound sentence

Complex: A sentence that has only one main clause and any number of subordinate clauses is called complex sentence.

*Main Clause: It gives complete meaning on its own.

*Subordinate clause: It depends on the main clause to get the complete meaning of it.


Simple Compound Complex
Inspite of + verb + ing despite + noun


Eg: Despite / inspite of her poverty, she succeed in her career


But / yet / still


Eg: She was poor yet/but/still she succeed in her career


Though / although / eventhough


Eg: Although/Eventhough/ though she was poor, she succeed in her career.


In the event of/ incase of on + verb + ing


Eg: In the event of writing neat, you will win the competition

or…not and

and at once


Write neat or you will not win the competition



If … can/will/could/would unless..

Cannot when/as soon as


Eg: If you write neat, you will win the competition.



Eg: Being busy, Sha could not attend the function


Or…not and

And/at once


Eg: Sha was busy also and he could not attend the function.




Eg: Since Sha was busy he could not attend the function


As a result of , on account of , because of, due to, owing to


Eg: Due to bad weather, match was postponed


and so



Eg: The weather was bad and so the match postponed.




Eg: Since the weather was bad, match was postponed




Eg: The Soup is too hot to drink


and/and so/therefore


Eg: The Soup is very hot and so I cannot drink at.

so….that….can/could not


Eg: The Soup is so hot that I cannot drink it


In order …to very…and so that
Besides… + verb + ing and so  not only …but also
Without … + verb + ing must….otherwise after

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