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Identify the type of sentence given below:
Her mother thought the book had a very good suspense element and suggested her friends read it.
a) Simple sentence
b) Complex sentence
c) Compound sentence
d) None of the above

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Hint: A sentence is a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language.
For example- He always spoke in grammatical sentences. There are three different types of sentences- simple, complex, and compound.

Complete answer:
Let us first revise the types of sentences:
1. Simple sentence- a sentence having no coordinate clauses or subordinate clauses.
For example- She is beautiful.

2. Complex sentence- a sentence composed of at least one main clause and one subordinate clause.
For example- Her acceptance is guaranteed if she outperforms the other candidates.

3. Compound sentence- a sentence composed of at least two coordinate independent clauses.
For example- She likes to paint and her favorite past-time is painting on canvases.

In the given sentence, there are two independent clauses-
1. Her mother thought the book had a very good suspense element
2. (her mother) suggested her friends read it.
Let us now analyze the options given to us in this question:
Option (a.), 'simple sentence', is incorrect as the given sentence has two independent clauses, and in a simple sentence, there is only one clause.

Option (b.), ‘complex sentence', is incorrect as the given sentence has two independent clauses, and in a complex sentence, there is only one independent clause.

Option (c.), ‘compound sentence', is correct as the given sentence has two independent clauses, and in a compound sentence, there are two independent clauses.

Option (d.), ‘none of the above', is incorrect.

So, the correct answer is “Option c”.


Note:
In this question, remember that a clause is an expression including a subject and predicate functioning as a part of a complex sentence.
An independent clause (main clause) is a clause in a complex sentence that can stand alone as a complete sentence. On the other hand, a dependent clause is a clause in a complex sentence that cannot stand alone as a complete sentence and that functions within the sentence as a noun or adjective or adverb.