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Grammar Lesson: Simple versus Compound Sentences

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on 9 April 2018

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Transcript of Grammar Lesson: Simple versus Compound Sentences

Simple versus Compound Sentences
What is a Simple Sentence?
A clause = the smallest unit of grammar, containing a subject and a verb.

A simple sentence is a clause that completes a thought (independent clause).
(IC)

Subject = noun or pronoun (person, place, or thing)

Verb = action word (eat, sleep) or state of being (am, were, is, are)





The Compound Sentence
Our first compound sentence is made up of two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction.
(IC, cc IC)

What is a Coordinating Conjunction?
A coordinating conjunction is a "connector" word. An easy (and dorky) way to remember this is the acronym, FANBOYS.

Examples
For
And
Nor
But
Or
Yet
So
Review...

Simple sentence - one independent clause (IC)

Compound sentence - two independent clauses connected by a coordinating conjunction (IC, cc IC)
Examples
I love English.

School is the best.

My teacher was annoying.
I can't think, for I am tired.

This is boring, and grammar seems useless.

I slept through two alarms, so writing is difficult.


Non-Examples
Because the test was hard.

Since my teacher is mean.

Under the desk.
Go to Google Classroom and open the rough draft document. Write about one of your brainstorm ideas intentionally using at least two simple and compound sentences. Highlight them when you have finished.
Non-Examples

Since the cat ran, and I jumped, I squished it.
Grammar is boring, and dumb.
I am going to Portland today, I'm excited.
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