Simple, Compound and Complex Sentences

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  • Q1

    Choose the correct option to make meaningful complex sentences.

    1. Mother will cook some pasta for me now ______ (if/ because) she would be going to her yoga classes in the evening.

    2. The lecture by the famous anthropologist was quite interesting _______ (as/ if) I had expected.

    3. ______ (since/ when) you’ll be leaving for New York tomorrow, I’ll come to meet you.

    4. Tessa won’t clean the house _____ (if/ unless) it gets very dirty.

    5. The man used to drink coconut water _____ (when/ because) he was young.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    1. Mother will cook some pasta for me now because she would be going to her yoga classes in the evening.

    2. The lecture by the famous anthropologist was quite interesting as I had expected.

    3. Since you’ll be leaving for New York tomorrow, I’ll come to meet you.

    4. Tessa won’t clean the house unless it gets very dirty.

    5. The man used to drink coconut water when he was young.

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  • Q2

    Complete the following compound sentences with appropriate connecting words-

    (a) Alexander the great had a huge army which helped him to expand his empire, ___he lost to Chandragupta Maurya.

    (b) The little boy was grateful to the old man ___ the latter gave him money to buy a cake on his mother’s birthday.

    (c) The prison officer ensured that the prisoners do not run away from the prison ___ carefully sealed the door every night.

    (d) Go away from here __ else I will call the police!

    (e) The dresses she has bought from that store are pretty and expensive, ___ she has kept them locked in the wardrobe.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) Alexander the great had a huge army which helped him to expand his empire, yet he lost to Chandragupta Maurya.

    (b) The little boy was grateful to the old man for the latter gave him money to buy a cake on his mother’s birthday.

    (c) The prison officer ensured that the prisoners do not run away from the prison and carefully sealed the doorevery night.

    (d) Go away from here or else I will call the police!

    (e) The dresses she has bought from that store are pretty and expensive, so she has kept them locked in the wardrobe.

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  • Q3

    Convert the following set of sentences into Simple Sentences.

    (a) Mother helped me with my science project. I received the first prize for it.

    (b) I was travelling to South Africa for a meeting. I could not take my wife with me.

    (c) The Principal has supporters. They will stand with him.

    (d) Ben had walked for many hours. The day had been very hot. He was exceedingly tired.

    (e) Claire wrote to her friend. She lost the letter. Her friend found it at last.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) I received the first prize for the science project with my mother’s help.

    (b) Travelling to South Africa for a meeting, I could not take my wife with me.

    (c) The Principal’s supporters will stand with him.

    (d) Having walked for many hours in the hot day, Ben was exceedingly tired.

    (e) Searching for Claire’s lost letter, her friend found it at last.

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  • Q4

    Fill in the blanks with the words in the box below. Then, identify the sentences as simple, compound or complex.

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    (a) The earthquake destroyed the whole ___ and only a few people survived.

    (b) The teacher asked for the______.

    (c) ___itsowner left, the dog sat down in one corner.

    (d) Akira does ___ want to go to the concert.

    (e) Those who ____ their close friends, ultimately get betrayed by the ones they trust.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) The earthquake destroyed the whole city and only a few people survived.

    – Compound Sentence

    (b) The teacher asked for the homework.–Simple Sentence

    (c) When its owner left, the dog sat down in one corner.–Complex Sentence

    (d) Akira does not want to go to the concert.– Simple Sentence

    (e) Those who betray their close friends, ultimately get betrayed by the ones they trust.– Complex Sentence

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  • Q5

    Identify the following sentences as simple, compound or complex.

    (a) The eagle is soaring high in the sky.

    (b) The man confessed to having stolen the vase from his employer’s house.

    (c) Olivia went to the deli and her sister Peyton went to Mc Donald’s restaurant.

    (d) Alex doesn’t know how to behave with people.

    (e) Bianca left for school but she forgot her lunchbox.

    Marks:5
    Answer:

    (a) The eagle is soaring high in the sky.- Simple sentence

    (b) The man confessed to having stolen the vase from his employer’s house.- Complex sentence

    (c) Olivia went to the deli and her sister Peyton went to Mc Donald’s restaurant.- Compound sentence

    (d) Alex doesn’t know how to behave with people.- Simple sentence

    (e) Bianca left for school but she forgot her lunchbox.- Compound sentence

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