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    Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    Hi every one..

    I know that a compound sentence has to have at least two simple sentences , but this sentence confused me; I don't know if it's simple or compound because it has one verb !

    Man is guided by reason and beast by instinct.

    Can anyone help?

    And Thanks for everything.

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    Question Re: Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    Please , is it simple or compound ?
    That's all I want..

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    Re: Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    There is only one main verb in the exact wording, but there is ellipsis of a second verb- the sense of the sentence is of a compound one.
    Last edited by Tdol; 19-May-2006 at 04:08.

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    Re: Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    Hi tdol

    First ,thanks a lot for your answer, I really appreciated.

    But I don't understand ...

    the sense of the sentence is of a complex one.

    When you said the sense of the sentence is of a complex one, you meant that it's not exactly complex?

    From what I've learned :This sentence cannot be complex without a subordinator.

    I'm just trying to learn something here ,so please correct me if I'm wrong.

    Thanks for your respond.

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    Re: Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    The full version of the sentence would read like this:
    Man is guided by reason and beast (is guided) by instinct.
    The second verb is omitted, but I think it is still a compound one (sorry, I typed complex by mistake yesterday). We're in a grey area here, but there is ellipsis to me and that the sentence is understood as having a compound structure underlying it. In the exact wording, there is no second verb, but it is lurking invisibly underneath for me.

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    Re: Is this a simple sentence or a compound?

    Thanks for your explanation tdol .

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