Questions tagged [compound-sentences]

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, a correlative conjunction, a semicolon functioning as a conjunction, or a semicolon followed by a conjunctive adverb.

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Is it a compound sentence?

I found this question on the SAT Practice Test. Is this sentence grammatically correct? <Today, being white- collar doesn't just mean working in an office, it means having the power to decide the ...
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IS this a simple sentence or compound sentence?

I know that a simple sentence is a sentence with one complete idea and that a compound sentence is a combination of independent clauses where each independent clause delivers a complete idea. How ...
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what is the main clause in conditional sentences

I have a compound sentence followed by an if clause, how do I know what the if clause is referring to? Sam will become a husband and a stepfather if he will marry Jane. My understanding is that the ...
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Is the distinction between “complex sentences” and “compound sentences” real? Is the distinction purely a matter of personal taste?

I am not cheating on my homework. In fact, I no longer have homework; I graduated from college years ago. If you read the entire discussion below, and not just the begining, that should become ...
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Can you explain the difference and “complex” and a “compound” sentences to mathematician?

It has already been asked, "what is the difference between “compound” and “complex” sentence?" However, I am looking for an answer which appeals to a mathematical mind. In mathematics, there are "...
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Interpretation of clause including compound sentences

I'm trying to interpret the highlighted part below. It seems to me that lack of punctuation (serial comma) makes this a little difficult to understand. One of the comforting things about old ...
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Have been or had been

I am confused about how to use was/were with person perfect has/have been..for example if I would say " they were told that they have not been introduced so far...why have been and why not had been?
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Is this a compound or sentence fragment?

Given the following sentence: "As if she lived in a castle and her favourite princes and princesses had just dropped by to visit" Is this a compound or sentence fragment?
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Coordinate clauses

We know that if there are coordinate clauses they are joined by coordinating conjunctions. But in the following sentence there is no coordinating conjunction. But to my mind it is a compound sentence. ...
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Comma usage in compound sentences

Are both these sentences correct? If so, why does one require a comma and not the other? Jeff told me that the job was still available and that the manager wanted to interview me. Jeff told me that ...
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A comma before “and consequently?” After “and?” After “consequently?”

Consider the following example: Apples are healthy and consequently serve as a powerful tool in preventing diseases. Where should I place a comma (or commas) in the above sentence? If I change the ...
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When should you repeat the same subject in a compound sentence?

I'd like to know when it is required to repeat the pronoun after a clause or an interjection within the same phrase. For example, which of these two phrases would be considered correct: I've recently ...
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Comma needed or not? [closed]

I was reading an article and found the below sentence: I met Ruhail through Facebook last year but I hadn’t saved his number as I didn’t want my parents to know. I believe the author missed commas ...
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Who is lost in thought in “I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, but sat lost in thought…”? [closed]

I'd like someone to clear up the sentence that seems ambiguous to me. It's from "The problem of the Thor Bridge" by Conan Doyle. I had no glimmer of what was in his mind, nor did he enlighten me, ...
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Is “we sang and danced” a compound sentence?

Is the following a compound sentence, and why? We sang and danced. What I understood of compound sentences was that they are made of two independent clauses, connected by a coordinating ...
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Compound subjects and compound sentences

Is this a compound sentence? 'John and Hary sang well.' This sentence can be resolved into two independent clauses: John sang well, and Hary sang well. Wren and Martin grammar says that if a ...
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Is the grammar in this article of this student constitution correct?

I am currently disputing my eligibility to run for president of my college's Student Government. The grounds on which my opponents are seeking to exclude me from the ballot fall upon the following ...
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Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there seems to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?

Actually, my question is a perfect example - "Is there a hard rule for where commas go when there SEEMS to be two independent clauses but there's only one subject?" This one seems easy to me, in ...
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To combine two simple sentences, is using a semicolon ';' a correct way to do it?

I found this example online of a "synthesis of sentences" question for joining two simple sentences into one compound sentence. Larry watches the news. Bill makes news. The site has two ...
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Unsure if my inverse order compound sentence makes is correct

I am working on a college essay and I have one sentence that may have a grammar issue. I was successful in my goals for the program, but even more so was the program successful in its goals for ...
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Is this example correct? (omitting subject in compound sentence)

Had an argument with my colleague regarding the example from "Advanced Grammar in Use" by Martin Hewings: In two years time Morneau will have been acting for 50 years, and shows no signs of ...
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Is “X, so Y” a compound or complex sentence? [closed]

Is this a compound or complex sentence?  I think it might be compound because it has “so”. My car battery died, so I called to have it towed for repairs.
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What’s the un­der­ly­ing gram­mar be­hind start­ing off a ɢᴇʀᴜɴᴅ clause with an ᴏʙ­ᴊᴇᴄᴛ pro­noun?

Yes­ter­day I en­coun­tered this sen­tence (I’ll re­fer to the num­bered words in my ques­tion be­low): This is be­cause many stu­dents think that all of their sen­tences need to be ‘com­plex’ (...
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Is this a compound sentence? [closed]

Well the first thing you have to do is to make sure that the car is on a reasonably level piece of ground and that the ground itself is fairly firm.
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What is the subject in the sentence “It is you who doesn’t listen” and why? [closed]

“You don’t listen,” not “you doesn’t listen.” Why is it grammatically correct to use the singular verb phrase “does not” when it should agree with the always-plural second person pronoun “you”? ...
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Can subordinate conjunctions in some cases act as coordinate conjunctions?

I'll just mention a simple example to make myself clear. English Rules suggest that a Compound Sentence can be formed using the following structures: 1.) [Independent Clause] , coordinate conj. [...
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Is there a comma before “and why?” at the end of a question?

If so, would I also put commas if a question ended with "why or why not?" Ex: Are you going to bake cookies, and why, or why not?
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Is the punctuation correct? Why and why not?

In this sentence He took the money home, and was subsequently arrested on unrelated charges and is now in prison. Can somebody please tell me if the punctuation is sufficient and properly placed? ...
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Are all independent clauses sentences?

She went to the doctor; she felt sick. I understand that independent clauses can stand alone as sentences. But, would it be incorrect to say that an independent clause is not a sentence because it's ...
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Can a compound sentence have an implied second subject?

I've been learning about compound sentences recently while writing a web serial and came across this sentence in one of my chapters (for context, Ralphie is a superhero who has just been told the ...
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What should be the preferred tense in the latter half of the sentence?

The song I tried sharing is/was Burn Card by The Barr Brothers. Can this be a substitute for, "The song, that I tried sharing, is Burn Card.."? If so, is the use of 'is' incorrect instead of 'was'?
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Are these sentences grammatically correct? [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? If not then kindly explain. I was wondering if you have ever used our online services. I was wondering if you used/had used our online services. I thought ...
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How can one transform a compound sentence into a direct question? [closed]

I have a compound sentence: It's bad, and we should not do it. How can transform it into direct question? Should I invert the word order in both parts of the sentence or only in the first one?
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Can a sentence be described as compound (rather than complex) purely based on the placement of the conjunction?

For example: "Though he was late for class, he walked slowly down the corridor." This is considered a complex sentence as "Though he was late for class" is a dependent clause. However, I can change ...
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Elision and compound/complex sentences

Here's the sentence in question: We had been on the train for eight hours, but it felt like eighty due to the cramped conditions. I felt this was a compound sentence. A colleague, however, said ...
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I don't understand what this sentence means [closed]

Investors are grateful that the attorney general has stepped in to pursue inquiries into the misfeasance in the financial markets, given that the regulators officially charged with policing the ...
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Use of a comma after a phrase in the middle of a compound sentence

I want your suggestion on what is the correct punctuation: My test was finished within 3 days, and right after that, my dad and I took the earliest flight to come back home. My test was ...
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Hockey players are careful but they still get hurt often

I was studying sentence patterns and I came across the following sentence in a mini test after the explanation on the same website. Hockey players are careful but they still get hurt often ...
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Combining imperative mode with the implication of the action

I have two sentences: 1) Do something. 2) That (the action you performed) will make another thing happen. I'm trying to combine these sentences into one, as they sound dumb to me when used ...
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How to introduce an idea before stating it?

This one always gets me. How do I introduce an idea and then state it in the same sentence? Does it simply require a colon? That's because we have one goal: for you to consider your website a ...
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Compound-Complex Comma Usage

I couldn't find this question on here, and I've tried scouring the Internet, but to no avail. It's quite possible I'm just not searching with the appropriate keywords. The question is regarding comma ...
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Why should I have to choose between compound sentences and compound predicates?

Sheba walked to the door and she opened it. Sheba walked to the door and opened it. I would use a compound sentence only if the subject in the second clause is someone other than Sheba: Sheba walked ...
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Do I have to repeat the same subject after “and” when introducing a new verb?

I’ve got a question about how to write this sentence with and: You don’t need and you mustn’t forget Versus: You don’t need and mustn’t forget. Which of those is well written? Is it ...
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Comma before conjuctions in predicates containing two coordinate clauses

I know that a comma is necessary before a conjunction joining two independent clauses, like in the following examples: John is tall, and Mary is fast. The food is excellent, but the service is awful. ...
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nominal compound/compound adjective

"The Duchess is a free(-)natured woman." In the above sentence is there a nominal compound? Can we write "a free-natured woman" using a hyphen? Are nominal compound and compound adjectives the same ...
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Combining “i.e.” with “in this example”

I wonder whether it is ok to combine i.e. or that is with in this example. Consider that an example meeting situation has been described already and John has been introduced. The document also ...
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uncommon use of “as well as” compounding two verbs onto one subject

I've got a pretty strong intuition for what's grammatically correct and what's not. My hunch here is that the following sentence is wrong. Can someone verify this for me, using a syntactical rule to ...
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A question on co-ordinating conjunctions in a compound sentence

A compound sentence is characterized by one or more than one main-clauses joined by a co-ordinating conjuction, as opposed to a complex sentence, which has a main clause together with a dependent or a ...
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Linking two sentences with a comma?

I'm wondering if the following sentence is correct? Please let me know your thoughts on these issues, I welcome your feedback.
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Is “he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one” a complex sentence?

"he takes extreme measures to ensure that he is seen by no one" I am confused. Is it a complex sentence? If so which is the Independent clause and which is the Dependent clause? I know that " he ...