Is 'Three years after the attack, Betty Elliot was living among the Aucas.' a complex sentence or a simple sentence?

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    – choster
    Jan 14, 2016 at 16:39

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As written, this is a simple sentence because it doesn't contain any dependent clauses.

Examples of a complex sentence are as follows.

Because my coffee was too cold, I heated it in the microwave.
Though he was very rich, he was still very unhappy.
She returned the computer after she noticed it was damaged.
When the cost goes up, customers buy less clothing.


  • Whoops, you're right. My mistake! Jan 14, 2016 at 16:44
  • Consider it done. Jan 14, 2016 at 16:50
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    – user140086
    Jan 14, 2016 at 16:50
  • Thanks for the advice Rathony. The website link isn't actually relevant to my answer, it was just for examples of the other kind of sentence, but I'll keep that in mind in my future answers. Jan 14, 2016 at 16:52
  • I've just edited your post for your guidance. (We always do it for a new user) Please take a look. You can see what was changed by clicking on edited X mins ago above my username. :-)
    – user140086
    Jan 14, 2016 at 16:57

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