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Compound Sentence - Glossary of Terms


Compound Sentence

A compound sentence comprises at least two independent clauses. The two clauses are joined together using a conjunction with a comma (e.g., ", and")

Example:

  We supplied the manpower, and they provided the equipment.
                   
         independent clause                            independent clause      
        (i.e., could stand alone)                     (i.e., could stand alone)
 
There is often confusion over whether to use a comma before conjunctions (i.e., words like and and but).  When the conjunction joins two independent clauses, use a comma.

She can sing, and dance.
She can sing, and she can dance.
Associated pages:
 
Commas before conjunctions
Coordinate conjunctions
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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