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Compound Sentences

Definition

A compound sentence consists of two or more simple sentences put together in one sentence.

Example

The students walk (subject + verb) to the library, and they read (subject + verb) their textbooks every week.

Explanation

A compound sentence —

  • joins two or more simple sentences by using a linking word or conjunction (with a comma). Examples of linking words are “and”, “but”, or “so”.
  • has more than one subject + verb.
  • has tense agreement between the verbs.
  • can show time differences by using different verb tenses.
  • can omit the second subject if the subjects are the same.