What are Compound Sentences?
A compound sentence contains two or more independent clauses (a complete sentence with a subject and a verb).
In the first example below, the compound sentence contains two independent clauses.
However, a compound sentence may consist of more than two independent clauses as well.
Independent clauses can be connected using a coordinating conjunction, a comma, or a semicolon. Keep in mind that coordinating conjunctions are not interchangeable in meaning. Using a different coordinating conjunction will change the meaning of the compound sentence.
In the first example above, the students protested despite the rain. Both the protest and the rain happened. In the second revised example, by contrast, either the rain fell or the students protested, but not both. Choose your coordinating conjunctions carefully, because they can completely alter the sentence’s meaning.
To avoid overusing compound sentences, try to use them only when the two (or more) dependent clauses are connected in some way.
To learn more about compound sentences, review WriteLab’s Guide.
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