Compound Sentence

What Is a Compound Sentence? (with Examples)

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A compound sentence has at least two independent clauses.

An independent clause (unlike a dependent clause) can stand alone as a sentence.
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Examples of Compound Sentences

Below are examples of compound sentences. In each example, the independent clauses are shaded.
  • Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)

  • There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed. (Peter Sellers, 1925-1980)

  • Go, and never darken my towels again. (Groucho Marx, 1890-1977)
  • (Note: Go is the shortest sentence in English.)

  • Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. (Dale Carnegie)

Joining the Independent Clauses in a Compound Sentence

In a compound sentence, the independent clauses are joined using one of the following methods:
  • A conjunction with a comma (e.g., ", and")
    • I like tea, and he likes coffee.

  • A semicolon
    • I like hot chocolate; it sends me to sleep.

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