A sentence is any group of words that appear together and make up a complete thought. There are different types of sentences which are found in English language like possessive sentence, infinite sentence and interrogative sentence etc. which all convey one thing or another to the reader. You can read in detail about the types of sentences in my other article with the name Type of Sentences.
Today, we will discuss another feature of the sentences and that is their structure. The structure of a sentence can also differ from one sentence to the other just like its types and its important for the reader to not only know about the type of sentence that he/she is reading but also about the structure used for the formation of that sentence.
Structures of Sentences
She is a great dancer.
The above example is that of a simple sentence as there is only one independent clause that is present in this sentence. She is the subject of this independent clause and is a great dancer is the predicate.
The next type of sentence structure is a complex sentence. A sentence is said to be a complex sentence if it contains single independent clause and at least one dependent clause along with it. It may contain more than one dependent clauses.
The above sentence is an example of a compound sentence as it contains two independent clauses i.e. I was a successful pianist (subject = I) and but my wife never like my profession (subject = my wife).
The above sentence is a compound complex sentence as it contains two independent clauses Sara is a great listener (subject = Sara) and she has trust issues (subject = she). It also contains a dependent clause but don’t ever talk as (subject missing).