Want to spruce up your writing? Compound sentences are pretty important, and they can really help your writing shine.
You’ll want to use compound sentences, which require you to make a few minor adjustments to the structure and punctuation you use, so check out these compound sentence examples, but don't worry; we will explain them along the way!
Sentences are made up of clauses, which are a group of words that have a relationship to each other, along with a subject and a verb. Compound sentences contain two or more independent clauses that share related ideas. You can quickly spot a compound sentence by looking for coordinating conjunctions like “and," "but," or "so" that connect the two clauses or ideas. This is called the FANBOYS rule.
Before you head into the FANBOYS rule, familiarize yourself with these compound sentence examples. Pay close attention to the punctuation and coordinating conjunction in bold.
There is also an interesting rule regarding FANBOYS that you can use to help you know how to punctuate these sentences. The general rule you want to follow is to put a comma before the conjunction when there are two independent clauses, but sometimes with "and," it's unnecessary.
Coordinating conjunctions are simply words that help to create a smooth transition between the two independent clauses. You’ll often hear people use the mnemonic FANBOYS to help them remember when and how to use coordinating conjunctions. FANBOYS stands for the words for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so.
Looking at compound sentence examples helps you to start recognizing how you use them in your writing. Most likely, you’ll find that you’ve been using these types of sentences on your own, but being able to know when you make it possible to avoid common mistakes, such as using the wrong type of punctuation.
Flip through these flashcard examples of compound sentences to see if you can spot the independent clauses along with their coordinating conjunctions.
You also have the option of joining the two independent clauses without using a conjunction. If you opt-out of using one of the FANBOYS, then you’ll need to join them with a semicolon.
You can read these compound sentence examples to get familiar with how a semicolon works between two conjunctions.
If you want to use a semicolon and a transitional phrase, you need a conjunctive adverb. Check out how to use them below.
When you use semicolons in compound sentences, you can use conjunctive adverbs to make an even smoother transition. Conjunctive adverbs include the following words.
A conjunctive adverb comes after the semicolon. Then, you’ll place a comma after the word that you choose. Here are a few examples of conjunctive adverbs in action.
It’s pretty easy to confuse compound and complex sentences with each other because they both contain multiple clauses. The easiest way to tell these two sentences apart is to remember that compound sentences have two independent clauses. A complex sentence has one clause that is dependent upon the other. Here’s an example of a complex sentence
In this sentence, the clause, “because I am busy right now,” wouldn’t make any sense without the following portion of the sentence. With a compound sentence, both clauses should be able to make sense on their own.
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