What are Compound Sentences?
There are so many fun things that we learn in the English Language, and one such example is Compound Sentences! Do you know what they are? Let us take a look!
Compound sentence are like regular sentences with the difference being that they have at least two separate clauses. We join these clauses through conjunctions, colon, or comma. The clause that has a verb, subject, and that makes a complete thought is independent.
For example, the house is too small, and that plot is too expensive. Here, we have separated the sentences through a conjunction and a coma.
There are more than one way and words for joining these sentences, for example;
Everyone was busy, so I went to the movie alone.
He did not want to go to the dentist, yet he went anyway.
With punctuations, we get:
Joe made the sugar cookies; Susan decorated them.
Italy is my favorite country; I plan to spend two weeks there next year.
How to Identify Compound Sentences
These sentences at least two separate clauses that we join it through conjunction, colon, or comma. The clause that has a verb, subject, and that makes a complete thought is independent. You can understand it by this example, the residential space is too small, and that residential place is too expensive. Here, we have separated the sentence through conjunction and coma.
Independent clauses do more than joining the clauses when we join them with coordinators, comas, and semicolons. Coordinating conjunctions is another name of coordinators. With the addition of them, your writing becomes more meaningful with a flow. Whenever you want to join independent clauses, you can use coordinators. For example, coordinators are, FOR, SO, YET, NOR, AND, NOR, BUT, etc. All of them make the handy mnemonic FANBOYS as you will use three that are most common such as ‘but,’ ‘and,’ ‘or.’ Look at this example, I think I would enjoy the picnic, but I don’t mind if my friends stay at the beach for a night. Here, you see a clear relationship between two independent clauses due to the coordinator. Similarly, we can also join independent clauses with a semicolon (;).