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    Compound sentence or complex

    Hi,



    "They can't be coming or else they'd have called."


    Is the above sentence complex or compound?

    I think 'or else' is a subordinate conjunction, and if so, then the sentence is complex.

    Correct me please.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Compound sentence or complex

    I would say it is compound because the two clauses can easily be separated into two simple declarative sentences.

    1. They can't be coming.

    2. Otherwise they'd have called.

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