"Inquiry was made into the origin of the scourge, and by degrees various facts came out which excited public indignation in a high degree." Not sure if this sentence is compound or compound complex?

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This sentence is a compound-complex sentence composed of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction and along with a dependent clause (acting as an adjective clause)

1st independent clause:

Inquiry was made into the origin of the scourge  [Subject:  inquiry  Predicate:  was made]

2nd independent clause:

by degrees various...

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This sentence is a compound-complex sentence composed of two independent clauses joined by the coordinating conjunction and along with a dependent clause (acting as an adjective clause)

1st independent clause:

Inquiry was made into the origin of the scourge  [Subject:  inquiry  Predicate:  was made]

2nd independent clause:

by degrees various facts came out [Subject: facts  Predicate: came out]

The dependent clause:

which excited public indignation in a high degree.

[Subject:  which   Predicate:  excited]  (which is a relative pronoun that begins the adjective clause that modifies the word facts.)

  • Please note that "into the origin of the scourge" are only two prepositional phrases that belong in the first independent clause.  They are NOT a dependent clause because a clause, by definition, has a subject and a predicate.

There is a site below that lists prepositions among which are into and of.

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