A compound sentence is a sentence that contains at least two independent clauses. The clauses are joined by any of the following:
- a coordinating-conjunction (such as and, but)
- a correlative conjunction (such as either ... or, both ... and)
- a semicolon functioning as a conjunction
- a semicolon followed by a conjunctive adverb (such as therefore, in addition)
A common error is to use a comma to separate the clauses—this is known as a comma splice.
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