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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")


  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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