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What Is A Compound Sentence?


What Is A Compound Sentence?

It is a sentence contains two or more coordinate-independent clauses, which are usually joined by one or more conjunctions, but not by an independent clause.

Independent clauses are two phrases that can be independent as a full thought.

They do not depend on each other in the expression of a full thought, but bind together similar ideas.

This distinguishes complex sentences from complex sentences containing independent clauses, to which at least one dependent clause is attached.

A dependent clause does not form a complete thought and cannot be independent.


I am very smart, yet I do not enjoy school.

“I am very smart” is an independent clause where “I” is the subject, “am” is the action, and a complete thought is expressed.

“I do not enjoy school” is an independent clause where “I” is the subject, “enjoy” is the action, and a complete thought is expressed.

The coordinator “yet” is used, and a comma is placed before “yet.”

Independent Clause

An independent clause contains three things:

A subject (something or someone that the sentence is about)

An action (a verb – something that is being done)

A complete thought (there are no questions as to meaning at the end of the sentence)

Coordinating Conjunctions

There are seven coordinating conjunctions in the English Language, which are used to link the independent clauses:

  • For
  • And
  • Nor
  • But
  • Or
  • Yet
  • So

You can use the acronym FANBOYS to help you remember the seven coordinating conjunctions. When you have two independent clauses joined by one of these coordinators, usually a comma is required, before the coordinator.

Semi-colon ;

Complex sentences and semi-colon work hand in hand. In the end, they both join the independent clauses. The trick of semi-colons is to use them when two independent clauses are related ideas.


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