"You are sure, then, Helen, that there is such a place as heaven and that our souls can get to it when we die?"

Is this sentence simple, compound, complex or compound complex?

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This sentence is a complex sentence. (There is one independent clause and three dependent, or subordinate, clauses.) 

It is NOT a compound-complex sentence because it only has 1 independent clause and a compound-complex sentence must have at least 2 independent clauses. 

The only clause that is independent is

"You are sure, then, Helen"

This clause is independent because it can stand alone as a complete sentence with a complete thought.

The other clauses are dependent, or subordinate; they cannot stand alone.  Dependent clauses begin with a subordinator such as since, because, after, although, when, etc.  Or, they begin with relative pronouns such as that, who, whom, or which.  

So, the 3 dependent, or subordinate clauses are as follows:

"that there is such a place as heaven"

"that our souls can get to it"

"when we die"

Please refer to the site below for more on clauses and types of sentences.


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