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Use this flowchart to help you decide whether a sentence is simple, compound, complex, or compound-complex.

               
Does the sentence have more than one subject word?
YES
Does the sentence have a comma followed by a conjunction (FANBOYS) or a semicolon?
YES
Is there a trigger word in the sentence? Ex. who, which, that, because, when, if, until, before, after, although, since...
YES
Check to see if this sentence is a COMPOUND-COMPLEX SENTENCE. It should have TWO INDEPENDENT clauses and ONE DEPENDENT clause.
 

NO


NO


NO




Check to see if this sentence is a SIMPLE SENTENCE. It should have ONE INDEPENDENT clause.
Is there a trigger word in the sentence? Ex. who, which, that, because, when, if, until, before, after, although, since...
Check to see if this sentence is a COMPOUND SENTENCE. It should have TWO INDEPENDENT clauses.
 
 



YES






 
Check to see if this sentence is a COMPLEX SENTENCE. It should have ONE INDEPENDENT clause and ONE OR MORE DEPENDENT clauses.