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    Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Pauline says there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood,swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. Is it complex or compound or simple? And why?

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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Quote Originally Posted by Undak View Post
    Pauline says there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood,swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. Is it complex or compound or simple? And why?
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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Thank you for your reply. I understand almost everything by reading the page you linked. But I don't understand this sentence.
    Pauline says there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood, swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. Do you mean it is the compound sentence? I thought it was a simple or complex sentence.
    I thought Pauline says (that)there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood, swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. "That" is a relative pronoun, too. So it is a complex sentence.

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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Hi Undak

    Look at the structure of the sentence again. It has just the one verb:
    Ex: Pauline says (that) there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood, swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a wood stove.
    Subject: Pauline
    Verb: says
    Verb's object: (that) there is nothing relaxing about ...

    Simple = one verb
    Compound and Complex = two or more verbs


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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    But there are sentences which have 2 verbs and they are still simple.
    For example: Paul watches tv and listens to music. How about this one?
    You mean the compound sentence's subjects and verbs have to be equal?

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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Re: Pauline says (that) there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood, swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a wood stove.

    Hi Undak

    It's considered a complex sentence. The reason being, omitted that is viewed as a subordinating conjunction.


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    Re: Compound sentence or Simple or Complex?

    Even simple sentences may have two words:

    I went to the city and had an icecream. -- simple

    'went' and 'had' are a compound verb in this simple sentence.

    I went to the city but he did not. -- compound: two indep clauses + a coordinator

    I went to the city after I ate my icecream. -- complex: main + one dep. clause.

    Pauline says there is nothing relaxing about chopping wood,swatting mosquitoes, and cooking over a woodstove. -- complex

    Pauline says -- main clause
    that there... -- sub
    sub clause:

    there: grammatical subject
    is: verb
    nothing: subect complement
    relaxing: present participle modifying nothing
    about x;y, and z -- adverbial element; prep phrase
    'and' is a conjunction joining the objects of the preposition (about) and not clauses

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