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After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home.

Is that a simple or compound sentence?

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    If you define a compound sentence as one that contains a coordination of at least two independent clauses, then strictly speaking it's a simple sentence containing a coordination of not clauses but three verb phrases: "After the game, we [went out to eat], [went to the movies], and [then went home].
    – BillJ
    Oct 28, 2021 at 16:04
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    Thanks! I asked because we want to encourage people to do some research and thought before asking. This page might help explain things. This sentence has three verbs, but it doesn't have more than one independent clause. It's a simple sentence (though it has a complex verb). Oct 28, 2021 at 16:04
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    Complex verb? There's no such thing. The core structure consists of the subject "he" plus a coordination of three predicates/verb phrases. "After the game" is not a clause but a preposition phrase functioning as a temporal adjunct.
    – BillJ
    Oct 28, 2021 at 17:42
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    Or you can view it as a compound sentence with various repeated parts (like and and we) deleted by rule from a basic sentence We went out to eat, and we went to the movies, and then we went home. The infinitive phrase to eat can also be considered a subordinate clause, but that's not necessary here; it can be treated as a prepositional phrase just as easy. Oct 28, 2021 at 18:53
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    '[W]e went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home.' would traditionally be labelled as having a 'compound predicate' {see Nordquist}. Two we's omitted: '[W]e went out to eat, Ø went to the movies, and then Ø went home.' (Ø = deleted subject) Dec 4, 2021 at 13:06

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After the game, we went out to eat, went to the movies, and then went home.

I have added brackets for ease of viewing:

After the game, we [went [out to eat]], [went [to the movies]], and then [went [home]].

This sentence could be considered a simple sentence consisting of a compound predicate forming a series. We could omit the repeated went from the last two predicates and reword the sentence.

After the game, we went out to eat, to the movies, and then home.

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