The four major types of sentence structure are: Simple sentences – Simple sentences have one independent clause with no subordinate clauses. A simple sentence may contain compound elements, a compound subject, verb, or object for example, but does not contain more than one full sentence pattern; Compound sentences – Compound sentences are composed of two or more independent clauses with no subordinate clauses. The independent clauses are usually joined with a comma and a coordinating conjunction, or with a semicolon; Complex sentences – A complex sentence is composed of one independent clause with one or more dependent clauses; Compound-complex sentences – A compound-complex sentence contains at least two independent clauses and at least one subordinate clause. Sometimes they contain two full sentence patterns that can stand alone. When each independent clause contains a subordinate clause, this makes the sentence both compound and complex.
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