difference between complex and compound sentence

  • There are two independent clauses in a compound sentence that are joined using a coordinator. The coordinator is a conjunction that can impact the meaning of the sentence.
  •  There are two or more clauses in a complex sentence with one essentially an independent clause while there can be one or more dependent clauses.
  •  Complex sentences are for reflecting relationships or conveying ideas.
  •  The dependent clause in a complex sentence contains both the subject as well as a verb but it still does not make complete sense.
  •  The main difference between a compound and complex sentence lies in the number of independent and dependent clauses. While there are at least two independent clauses in a compound sentence, there is only one independent clause in a complex sentence.
  •  While there is no dependent clause in a compound sentence, there is at least one dependent clause in a complex sentence.

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