Focus on Writing: Chapter 15 Writing Compound Sentences
Sentences A sentence is a group of words that expresses complete thought. Every sentence minimally includes: Subject Verb Complete thought
Compound Sentences A compound sentence includes: Two independent clauses An independent clause is the same as a simple sentence. John is enrolled. John is enrolled, but Susan studied hard. Susan studied hard.
Coordinating Conjunctions Used as a way to form a compound sentence by joining two independent clauses Easy to remember by FANBOYS To join two independent clauses, use a comma before the coordinating conjunction John is enrolled, but Susan studied hard.
Semicolons Another way to create a compound sentence. Simply place the semicolon between the two independent clauses Make sure the clauses are related; otherwise, the sentence will not make sense Do not capitalize after the semicolon John is enrolled; classes start Tuesday.
Transitional Words and Phrases Another way to create a compound sentence Simply place a semicolon before the transitional word or phrase and a comma after it John is enrolled; after all, classes start Tuesday.