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
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.