Examples of simple sentence
The following are simple sentences:
"The dog eats its food."
"The girl washes her clothes."
"The man hates exercise."
The simple sentence is typically has a subject (the dog / the girl / the man), followed by a verb (eats / washes / hates), followed by an object (food / clothes / exercise).
You could also have simple sentences consisting of only a subject and a verb, for example:
"The man cries."
"The bird flies."
"The girl sings."
A complex sentence would be:
"The girl washes her clothes, but then throws it away."
"The man cries, because he hurt his toe."
"The dog eats its food and then plays on the lawn."
The complex sentence is typically made up of simple sentences that are joined together by conjunctions. Conjunctions are words like "and", "but", "because", "although", etc.
So, the complex sentences above, actually looks like this when you look at them closely:
"The girl washes her clothes" + "The girl throws her clothes away." - joined by "but".
"The man cries" + "The man hurt his toe." - joined by "because".
"The dog eats its food" + The dog plays on the lawn." - joined by "and".
Complex sentences can be very long, consisting of many simple sentences that are all joined by conjunctions.
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