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I am confused on how to identify a sentence as a complex sentence or a simple sentence. The sentence is "The first recorded trip to the Yellowstone geysers was made in 1807 by John Colter." I think it is simple...but am not sure if there is a subordinate clause in there or not

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    The first thing to do is to identify the clauses, both independent and dependent. Remember that a clause has a subject and a verb.

    The first recorded trip to the Yellowstone geysers was made in 1807 by John Colter.

    In this sentence, there is one subject and one verb; therefore, it's a simple sentence.

    one independent clause = simple
    two independent clauses joined correctly = compound
    one independent and one dependent clause = complex
    two independent clauses joined correctly plus one dependent clause = compound-complex

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/clauses.htm

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    thank you for the link!

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    thank you....that makes sense now

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    You're very welcome.

    This is an excellent website:
    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
    It's easy to navigate by clicking on Index and finding what you need in the alphabetical listings.

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