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I) Choose the correct one: Simple, Compound or Complex?

1. A sentence with one independent clause and at least one dependent clause is called ____________.
a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

2. Although he searched everywhere, Mr. Brooks could not find the keys to the computer lab.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

3. Dad went hunting, but Mama decided to stay home.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

4. A subject and a verb that cannot stand alone is called a __________.


simple sentence

independent clause

dependent clause

complex sentence

5. Her left arm was badly broken at the wrist during the car accident.
a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

6. Mara and Kelly had planned to return to Canada.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

7. Eric ran home the rest of the way because he knew he was in trouble.
a simple sentence

a compound sentence

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a complex sentence

8. While the music played, Rachel sneaked in through the side door.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

9. Sarah and Ashley giggled and whispered all night.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

10. I know you don't like him, but that doesn't matter.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

11. My classmates were wearing heavy clothes in the winter months.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

12. A simple sentence that stands alone is called ___________.

a dependent clause

an independent clause

a phrase

13. In which of the following sentence types are conjunctions or semicolons (;) used to join clauses?

simple sentences

compound sentences

complex sentences

14. Elijah remained at home because he had a sore throat.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

15. Those clouds promise snow; we might get another snow day off from school.

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a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

16. What type of sentence has two independent clauses and is joined by a conjunction or a semicolon?

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

17. Dr. Matthews did everything he could, but it simply was not enough to save his life.
a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

18. Since we had only gone a mile from camp, we could turn back before dark.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

19. The vacation to Myrtle Beach should be extremely restful.

a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

20. Mrs. Carrero said that will be enough, and everyone agreed.
a simple sentence

a compound sentence

a complex sentence

II) State which of the following sentences are compound and which are complex?

1. The house was destroyed in the fire, but the whole family was saved.

2. He saw a fox that was following him.

3. If I do not get this job, I will start a business.

4. He said that he was very disappointed at the results of the exams.

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5. The men who rule the world with their pens are mightier than those who rule the world with their swords.

6. The evil that men do lives after them.

7. All that glitters is not gold.

8. Neither the color nor the design of this cloth appeals to me.

III) Mark off the subordinate clause in each sentence and state whether it is a NOUN clause, a RELATIVE (or
ADJECTIVAL) clause or an ADVERBIAL clause:

1. It´s the book that I´ve been waiting for ages.


2. Have you heard again from the man that wrote to you about his intention?
3. Prince Albert, who was a good man, did many things which were beneficial to Great Britain.
4. What he says impresses people a lot.
5. I told him that he was wrong.
6. The hard truth, that they had spent all their money, was a great shock to her.
7. How the book will sell depends on its author.
8. Do you know whether the banks are open or not?
9. You have to go to bed now whether you like it or not.
10. If you run fast, you´ll catch the bus.