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    Kind of sentence.

    Hi everybody
    I need your help please ..

    What is the kind of these sentences? "simple, compound or complex"
    and why?...

    1- In spite of legislation and in spite of goodwill, equality between man and woman remains an ideal.

    2- The social sciences are used to identify and investigate the attitude giving rise to discrimination.

    3- The game should be simple, nice and easy to use or manipulate.

    4- He must be sympathetic in understanding his students' feelings and tactful in presenting or discussing those cultural similaries or differences that may exist between the students' native culture and that of English-speaking.

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    Hi, Chou.

    What do you think? Here is something that may help you find the correct answers. Do you know what independent and dependent clauses are?

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Hi, Chou.

    What do you think? Here is something that may help you find the correct answers. Do you know what independent and dependent clauses are?
    Hi Milena.
    Thank you for the link

    But I want to know the kind of the previous sentences .. they are a bit complicated, are not?

    Would you help me to determine its kind, and explain why?

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    They are a bit complicated, that's true.

    Let's take the first sentence:

    In spite of legislation and in spite of goodwill, equality between man and woman remains an ideal.


    I've bolded the main verb. There is only one main verb, so there can be only one clause. This means it can't be a complex sentence and it cannot be a compound sentence. It must be a simple sentence.

    The second sentence:

    The social sciences are used to identify and investigate the attitude giving rise to discrimination.


    I don't know the name for what I have bolded, but it works like a main verb. Again, there is only one.

    The third sentence:

    The game should be simple, nice and easy to use or manipulate.

    Again, only one main verb.

    The fourth sentence:

    He must be sympathetic in understanding his students' feelings and tactful in presenting or discussing those cultural similaries or differences that may exist between the students' native culture and that of English-speaking.

    The colors and bolded words should give you a clue. What do you think now?

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    chourouk, where did you get those sentences from?

    The social sciences are used to identify...
    That should be:
    The social sciences are used to identyfying and investigating...
    or
    The social sciences used to identify and investigate...

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    chourouk, where did you get those sentences from?

    The social sciences are used to identify...
    That should be:
    The social sciences are used to identyfying and investigating...
    or
    The social sciences used to identify and investigate...
    No, engee. The original sentence is fine. "Used" is simply the passive form of "use" there.

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    chourouk, where did you get those sentences from?

    The social sciences are used to identify...
    That should be:
    The social sciences are used to identyfying and investigating...
    or
    The social sciences used to identify and investigate...
    ??
    We use the social sciences to identify... they are used to identify. Social sciences are used to identify.

    Your first sentence is grammatically wrong and the second suggests they no longer can identify.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    I'd say engee's first sentence is grammatically correct but doesn't make sense.

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    Sorry. I did see some other word than sciences in there.

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    Re: Kind of sentence.

    Thank you Milena.


    The game should be simple, nice and easy to use or manipulate.

    Again, only one main verb.
    "or" in this sentence is just a coordinator.... so, It's not a compound sentence! is not?


    He must be sympathetic in understanding his students' feelings and tactful in presenting or discussing those cultural similaries or differences that may exist between the students' native culture and that of English-speaking.
    this sentence is already complex .. but it contains '' connectors": and - or!!
    How we can determine its elements exactly?
    Last edited by chourouk; 19-Feb-2011 at 20:52.

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