• Simple sentence: a group of words containing one subject/predicate combination; an independent clause (can stand alone)

                            Example: My mom bought a dress.

     

    Compound sentence: joins two simple sentences or two independent clauses

                Example: My mom bought a dress, but I thought it looked silly.

     

    There are two ways to properly make compound sentences:

    1. A comma and a COORDINATING CONJUNCTION  (FANBOYS)

                For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

                I like pizza, but Sue prefers pasta.

    2. A semi-colon

                            I like pizza; Sue prefers pasta.

     

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