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What Is a Compound Sentence? (with Examples)A compound sentence has at least two independent clauses.
An independent clause (unlike a dependent clause) can stand alone as a sentence.
Examples of Compound SentencesBelow are examples of compound sentences. In each example, the independent clauses are shaded.
- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. (Albert Einstein, 1879-1955)
- There used to be a real me, but I had it surgically removed. (Peter Sellers, 1925-1980)
- Go, and never darken my towels again. (Groucho Marx, 1890-1977) (Note: Go is the shortest sentence in English.)
- Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain - and most fools do. (Dale Carnegie)
Joining the Independent Clauses in a Compound SentenceIn a compound sentence, the independent clauses are joined using one of the following methods:
- A conjunction with a comma (e.g., ", and")
- I like tea, and he likes coffee.
- A semicolon
- I like hot chocolate; it sends me to sleep.