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Review: Sentence Structure, Answer 5.4


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Joe ate the sushi and left the restaurant.
The answer compound-complex sentence is not correct.
This is a simple sentence. It is easy to see why you may have thought that it is a compound sentence, since it contains the co-ordinating conjunction and. However, this conjunction actually joins two predicatesate the sushi and left the restaurant—within a single clause. The clue that you are dealing with a compound predicate rather than a compound subject is the fact that there is only one subject: I.
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