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Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:30 am
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Musicaloo7311 says...

Hello, darlings! Music here to teach you about compound sentences.

Now, I'm sure you all know about them, but I've seen so many mistakes with these lately!

What is a compound sentence?

A compound sentence is what it sounds like: two independent clauses joined together.

For example, this is a compound sentence:

I was an artist, and he was a photographer.

While this is not:

I was an artist and a photographer.

The latter is not one, because it contains only one independent clause.

What is an independent clause, you ask?

It is a combination of at least one verb and one subject that can stand on its own as a sentence. Independent clauses express a complete thought.

This is an independent clause:

I hate you.

But this is not:

While I hate you, [...?]

How do I join these clauses together?

Simple. There are two ways to go about this:

1.) Use a comma and a conjunction. Conjunctions are coordinating words used to link the clauses together. Think FANBOYS, my darlings!


Example of this method:

I was in love with him, for he was an amazing man.

2.) Semicolons. Use them to link those clauses with a dramatic pause.

Example of method:

I was in love with him; he was an amazing man.

So, darlings, I hope this helped clarify compound sentences! They're easy to use, and they help liven up and diversify your writing!

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Jenthura says...

Excellently explained, but you have not yet expounded the mysteries of complex sentences, nor compound-complex, nor compound-compound, nor...:D

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