My English teacher recently covered simple, complex and compound sentences in class. She told us that:
- A simple sentence has one clause.
- A compound sentence has two clauses.
- A complex sentence has three clauses.
Quick research on the internet proved that either she was dead wrong or she was trying to teach me some "baby rules". I am very confused, and since I have my exam coming up I don't know what to do. I have tried to learn online but have found this to be quite a confusing topic. For example, how is this sentence a simple sentence:
"Despite a lot of difficulties, we succeeded in reaching the base camp for the final trek."
From what I have gathered, a simple sentence has one clause but this appears to have two. What is the basic definition of these three types of sentences? Am I going wrong somewhere? Any help with explaining this clearly and simply will be appreciated.