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Simple and Compound Sentences

All the sentences we have studied thus far have consisted of only one clause. A sentence with only one clause is called a simple sentence.

However, just as subjects, objects, and complements can be compounded (joined together), we can also connect entire clauses using the conjunction "and." The result is a compound sentence.

Here are some examples of compound sentences.

simple sentence = a sentence consisting of only one clause.

compound sentence = a sentence consisting of two or more clauses, joined by a coordinating conjunction.

 

Study the following sentences. Each clause is highlighed in a different color.

 

Sentence  

1

The boys walked down the road, and their parents waved from the house.

compound

2

His goal is unrealistic.

simple

3

John bought some new shoes, and he wore them to a party.

compound

4

The whole group apologized.

simple

5

We went to the movie theater last night, and then we went to dinner at the local steakhouse.

compound

6

Father plays the piano, and Susan plays the guitar.

compound

7

My wife is also my best friend.

simple

8

Thoughtful neighbors and friends of the family sent bouquets to the funeral.

simple

9

My family went to the park yesterday, and we had a wonderful time.

compound

10

Stella cooked dinner, and she also washed the dishes.

compound