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The Compound Sentence

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Jillian Sutherland

on 15 December 2015

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Transcript of The Compound Sentence

Compound Sentences
Reaching the Grammar Goal
a compound sentence contains two independent clauses (a.k.a. simple sentence) joined by a coordinating conjunction
Don't forget the comma!
Here are the three things you should know about compound sentences
"coordinating conjuction" is a fancy term that represents these 7 words:
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
the first letter of each coordinating conjuctions spells....
F = for
A = and
N = nor
B = but
O = or
Y = yet
S = so
The compound sentence must contain two independent clauses, NOT one independent and one dependent clause
: I ate my soup, but I thought it tasted salty.
: I ate my soup because it's tasty.
there are two independent clauses in this sentence
There is only one independent clause in this sentence and there is no coordinating conjuction
In compound sentences, there is always a comma before the coordinating conjuction
The formula goes like this:

Independent clause + , + coordinating conjuction + independent clause.
I hate to waste a single drop of squid eyeball stew
, for
it is expensive and time-consuming to make.
Rocky ignored his serving
, so
I got a spoon and ate it myself.
Rocky refuses to eat dry cat food

he will devour a saucer of squid eyeball stew.
("because it's tasty" is a dependent clause)
Simple Sentences
a simple sentence is a sentence with one subject and one predicate that makes sense by itself.
subject: the person/place/thing that the sentence is about
predicate = the action in the sentence
The dog loves to play.
subject = the dog
predicate = loves to play
Pedro ran to the store.
subject = Pedro
predicate = ran to the store
a simple sentence is also known as an "independent clause"
If a group of words is missing a subject or a predicate, it is called a FRAGMENT
example: Going shopping.
There is no subject, so this is a fragment.
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