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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