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compound sentence

a sentence containing two or more coordinate independent clauses, usually joined by one or more conjunctions, but no dependent clause, as The lightning flashed (independent clause) and (conjunction) the rain fell (independent clause).
Origin of compound sentence
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
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  • When the members of a compound sentence are complex or contain commas.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The second and connects the two clauses forming the compound sentence.

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    Marian Wharton
  • This is a compound sentence, formed by uniting two simple sentences.

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  • If it is made up of two independent parts, it is a compound sentence.

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    Rose Buhlig
  • The different members of a compound sentence are called Clauses.

    New Latin Grammar Charles E. Bennett
  • A compound sentence consists of two or more simple sentences connected together: as, A joke is a joke, but a ducking is no joke.

  • A compound sentence in which one or more of the cordinate clauses are complex is called a compound complex sentence.

  • Similarly, a complex and a simple sentence may be joined as cordinate clauses to make a compound sentence.

  • A compound sentence consists of two or more independent cordinate clauses, which may or may not be joined by conjunctions.

  • In the sixth, and joins the two cordinate clauses of a compound sentence ( 44).

British Dictionary definitions for compound sentence

compound sentence

a sentence containing at least two coordinate clauses
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compound sentence in Culture

compound sentence definition

A sentence that contains at least two independent clauses, often joined by conjunctions: “Dr. Watson explained his theory, and Sherlock Holmes listened quietly.” (Compare complex sentence, compound-complex sentence, and simple sentence.)

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