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         Compound Sentences


Compound sentences consist of two or more independent clauses joined together.


There are two ways to join independent clauses together:

     1) with a comma and a coordinating conjunction.         

           Billie plays the saxophone, and  her brother plays the violin.

                  You need to come and help me, or I will not be able to finish.

               Ahmed attended every class and studied hard, so he did well in the course.

               Ahmed did well in the course, for he attended every class and studied hard.

               Nancy trained for the marathon, but she did

                      not finish it.

                  Lemar washed the dishes, and his wife dried

                      them.

        2) with a semi-colon.

               Billie plays the saxophone;her brother plays

                       the violin.

               You need to come and help me; I will not be

                       able to finish.

               Ahmed attended every class and studied

                       hard;  he did well in the course.

               Nancy trained hard for the marathon; she did not finish it.

                  Lemar washed the dishes;  his wife dried them.

                       

       Often, a compound sentence with two independent clauses

     separated by a semi-colon will make more sense if the 

     second independent clause begins with a transitional expression

     A transitional expression is always followed by a comma.

                  Billie plays the saxophone;  in addition, her brother plays the violin.

                  You need to come and help meotherwise, I will not be able to finish.

               Ahmed attended every class and studied hard;  therefore, he did well in the course.

               Nancy trained hard for the marathon;  however, she did not finish it.

                  Lemar washed the dishes;  meanwhile, his wife dried them.