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What Is a Simple Sentence? (with Examples)A simple sentence has just one independent clause. A simple sentence has no dependent clauses.
An independent clause (unlike a dependent clause) can stand alone as a sentence.
Examples of Simple SentencesBelow are examples of simple sentences.
- I cannot drink warm milk.
- A day without sunshine is like night.
- Only the mediocre are always at their best. (Jean Giraudoux)
- Reality continues to ruin my life. (Bill Watterson)
The Four Types of Sentence StructureA complex sentence is one of four main sentence structures, all of which are shown below. In these examples, the independent clauses are shaded.
A Complex Sentence. A complex sentence has an independent clause and at least one dependent clause. For example:
- When you write a comic strip, the person on the left always speaks first. (George Carlin)
- I used to jog, but the ice cubes kept falling out of my glass. (David Lee Roth)
- You're only as good as your last haircut. (Fran Lebowitz)
- I stopped believing in Santa Claus when my mother took me to see him in a department store, and he asked for my autograph. (Shirley Temple)