A compound sentence is composed of at least two independent clauses. It does not require a dependent clause. The clauses are joined by a coordinating conjunction (with or without a comma), a correlative conjunction (with or without a comma), a semicolon that functions as a conjunction, or a conjunctive adverb preceded by a semicolon. A conjunction can be used to make a compound sentence.
Compound sentences are made up of two simple sentences connected by a coordinating conjunction.
And: addition / next action
Nor: not one or the other
But: contrasting and unexpected results
Or: choices and conditions
Yet: contrasting and unexpected results
So: actions taken
- My friend invited me to a tea party, but my parents didn’t let me go.
- Do you want to stay here, or would you like to go shopping with me?
- I have a lot of work to finish, so I will be up all night.
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- Simple and Compound sentences worksheet
- Compound Sentences – Middle Grades
- Compound Sentences – Upper Elementary Worksheet
- Compound Sentences—Early Elementary
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