Grammar Explanations, Exercises and Worksheets: Compound Sentences

Compound Sentences


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.

Coordinating Conjunctions

Compound sentences are made up of two simple sentences connected by a coordinating conjunction.

For: reasons
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.

Additional Information

  1. Sentences: Simple, Compound, and Complex
  2. Simple and Compound sentences worksheet
  3. Compound Sentences – Middle Grades
  4. Compound Sentences – Upper Elementary Worksheet
  5. Compound Sentences—Early Elementary
  6. Compound Sentences Worksheets