Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

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complex sentence a sentence made of a main or independent clause and one or more dependent or subordinate clauses. An example of a complex sentence is, "I went to the theater, which was very crowded with people."
compound sentence a sentence made of two or more independent clauses. The sentences are joined by a conjunction or semicolon. "The sky darkened, and the wind howled" is a compound sentence.
declarative sentence a sentence that makes a statement. There are many examples of declarative sentences, such as, "It is raining outside."
imperative sentence a sentence that tells someone to do something or makes a request. An example of an imperative sentence is "Tie your shoes."
interrogative sentence a sentence that asks a question. "Have you read this book?" is an example of an interrogative sentence.
run-on sentence in writing, two or more sentences incorrectly constructed as one.
simple sentence a sentence that has only one clause. "We waited for the bus early in the morning" is an example of a simple sentence.
topic sentence a sentence, usu. at the beginning, that sets forth the main idea of a paragraph or other unit of expository writing.