We might go to New Orleans on our Christmas vacation or to New York next spring. (1 independent = simple)
Our families have been friends forever, but we haven't seen each other in years. (2 independent = compound)
When we get to your aunt's house, you must remember to thank her for the presentsthat she sent you. (1 independent + 2 dependent = complex)
Before we go to the movie, which you have been waiting weeks to see, we need to find a babysitter for your little sister, who is too young to see it. (1 independent + 3 dependent = complex)
The Egyptianswho built the pyramidswere amazing architects, but the Romanswho built many years laterwere even betterbecause they were able to build arches, which the Egyptians hadn't figured out. (2 independent + 4 dependent = compound-complex)
Practice What You've Learned
Use the toolbar to identify the independent clauses and the dependent clauses. Then decide if the sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex.