A compound sentence has two independent clauses or sentences. The independent clauses can be joined by a coordinating conjunction (such as "and," "for" and "but") or a semicolon.
Compound Sentences with Coordinating Conjunctions
- She did not cheat on the test, for it was not the right thing to do.
- I think I will buy the red car, or I will lease the blue one.
- I really want to go to work, but I am too sick to drive.
- I am counting my calories, yet I really want dessert.
- He ran out of money, so he had to stop playing poker.
- They got there early, and they got really good seats.
- There was no ice cream in the freezer, nor did they have money to go to the store.
- Everyone was busy, so I went to the movie alone.
- I would have gotten the promotion, but my attendance wasn’t good enough.
- Should we start class now, or should we wait for everyone to get here?
- It was getting dark, and we weren’t there yet.
- Cats are good pets, for they are clean and are not noisy.
- We have never been to Asia, nor have we visited Africa.
- He didn’t want to go to the dentist, yet he went anyway.
Compound Sentences with a Semicolon
- Joe made the sugar cookies; Susan decorated them.
- The sky is clear; the stars are twinkling.
- The waves were crashing on the shore; it was a lovely sight.
- There were white out conditions in the town; subsequently, the roads were impassable.
- Check back tomorrow; I will see if the book has arrived.
- He said he was not there yesterday; however, many people saw him there.
- I am happy to take your donation; any amount will be greatly appreciated.
- She only paints with bold colors; she does not like pastels.
- She works two jobs to make ends meet; at least, that was her reason for not having time to join us.
- Malls are great places to shop; I can find everything I need under one roof.
- Italy is my favorite country; in fact, I plan to spend two weeks there next year.
- He turned in the research paper on Friday; otherwise, he would have not passed the class.
Compound Sentences in Quotes
Here are examples of compound sentences used by well-known people:
- "Always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't go to yours." - Yogi Berra
- "Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." - Lyndon B. Johnson
- "The drought had lasted now for ten million years, and the reign of the terrible lizards had long since ended." - Arthur C. Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey
- "Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." - Ronald Reagan
- "I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming." - Jimmy Carter
Now you have seen lots of different examples of compound sentences.