Sentence structure: compound sentence


I suggest that the following sentence is not a compound sentence, but just a simple sentence with multiple infinitive phrases.


"The company strives to seize every opportunity to solve the manpower gap emerged in this city, a rapid changing knowledge-based society, and to enable it to thrive and grow in the keen competitive world."


I try to analyse it as follows, would anyone comment on my analysis to see if they are all right?

Any other suggestion to improve the expression of the idea?


(1) subject: the company

(2) main action verb: strives

(3) infinitive phrase "to seize every opportunity" modifies "strives"

(4) infinitive phrase "to solve the ..." modifies "opportunity"

(5) infinitive phrase "to enable it..." modifies "society"


I am really not sure about (5), anyone kindly help?


asked Sep 26 '11 at 05:16 CF LOK Contributor

subject is correct. main verb correct. infinitive verbs correct. to enable it... does not modify is another object to the ist infinitive phrase. bernarda villarojoSep 29 '11 at 06:28

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It is definitely NOT a compound sentence no matter how you slice it. Also, it appears to be missing some words here: "to solve the manpower gap emerged in this city . . ." Do you mean the mapower gap THAT HAS emerged? Or do you mean the manpower gap THAT IS EMERGING? Once you get that straightened out, then it has a complex sentence structure. I would also put a comma after "keen," and I would add an "ly" to "rapid" to make it an adverb.

link answered Sep 26 '11 at 13:28 Patty Tydings New member

it is not a compound sentence actually. its only a simple sentence with a number of phrase modifiers. bernarda villarojoSep 29 '11 at 06:29

can not be a complex sentence unless there is a subordinate clause bernarda villarojoSep 29 '11 at 06:30

you can add that has emerged and make it a complex sentence bernarda villarojoSep 29 '11 at 06:33

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