A Simple Look at Simple Sentences

A Simple Look at Simple Sentences

A simple sentence, also called an independent clause, has one subject and one verb. It’s the most basic grammatically correct form of a sentence.

However, a simple sentence can have a compound subject, compound verb, or even both. Compound subjects and verbs are made up of more than one actor or action.

Although simple sentences don’t contain dependent clauses or other independent clauses, they can contain phrases.

At first glance, the sentence above might not appear “simple.” But because it has one subject and one verb, it’s still a simple sentence, despite the lengthy introductory phrase.

To learn more about simple sentences, review WriteLab’s Guide.


With WriteLab, you can create great writing both inside and outside of the classroom. Start getting WriteLab's automatic feedback on your writing today!

How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis: A Step-by-Step Student Guide

How to Write a Rhetorical Analysis: A Step-by-Step Student Guide

How to Use Appositive Phrases

How to Use Appositive Phrases