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    i always thought a compound sentence contained coordinating conjunctions, and a complex and contained subordinating conjunctions, and then a compound was two or more independant clauses togather, and a complex being an independant clause with one or more dependant clause. so what would this sentence be, "Once she met a boy dog in the park his name was sam and he was in her class at school" (please don't comment, it was written by a child). because there's no commas in this sentence, i'm finding it hard to decide what it could be. i was thinking a complex because of the use of dependent clauses, but with the use of 'and' (which i thought was a coordinating conjunction) i'm now thinking it could be a compount

    Complex - main and subordinate clause.

    Compound - two main clauses.

    Thats all I know...

    I thought a compund contained two clauses, and complex contained 3 or more clauses?

    A compound sentence contains two equal clauses, joined by a connecting word - usually a conjunction.

    Complex sentences contain a main clause and several subordinate clauses. You can detect a subordinate clause because it cannot stand alone as a sentence.
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