Phrase: a string of words without a fully inflected verb (and a grammatical subject) Clause: a string of words containing a grammatical subject and a fully inflected verb (and an object)
1. Independent clause (simple sentence) 2. Subordinate/dependent clause (subordinator + independent clause) Simple sentence:
1. One single clause (independent clause) / Subject + Verb + (Object) 2. Phrase + independent clause Compound sentence: Independent clause + coordinator + independent clause Complex sentence: Independent clause + subordinate clause (subordinator + independent clause) * Now go to my English Quizzes page and test your understanding of English sentence structures by trying the Sentence Analysis quiz.