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I've just got this question wrong while doing some practice and I can't see why.

This involves reassessing our relationship with water and learning to use it more sparingly

My answer was that it was a simple sentence:

This involves reassessing our relationship with water [noun phrase] and learning to use it more sparingly[noun phrase]

However the answers say "compound or compound-complex".

Could someone confirm whether I am right or wrong?

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    It's a compound sentence because you've used a conjunction ('and') to join two separate clauses.
    – Jascol
    May 19, 2015 at 9:55
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    I would as you're not joining two separate clauses. In example above: "This involves reassessing our relationship with water," and "learning to use it more sparingly," are both complete clauses in their own right.
    – Jascol
    May 19, 2015 at 10:13
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    @Jascol Why is wining and dining not two clauses in its own right? May 19, 2015 at 10:23
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    @Stephenz Sorry I hadn't picked up on it earlier. Your noun phrases highlihgted above are actually verb phrases. The relevant noun phrases would be: "relationship with water," and "it more sparingly." The addition of the verb makes them verb phrases and as a result separate clauses.
    – Jascol
    May 19, 2015 at 11:07
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    @Jascol So, I don't think the OP's actually is a compound sentence sentence. I don't reckon it's complex either, because, as I understand it, a complex sentence would need a finite clause to be embedded in it, whereas the OP's are gerund-participle clauses, not finite ones. What d'you think? [EDIT: For example, I don't think we'd regard I like drinking and smoking as a compound sentence] May 19, 2015 at 11:11

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I'd say what is complex in this sentence is not the whole unit but just the predicate, as it has two heads.

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