Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 4: Compound Sentences

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Once you’ve got a handle on how to recognize fragments and complete sentences, you can start playing with the infinite possibilities for organizing a complete sentence.

Using conjunctions and commas, you can combine elements of a sentence to create compound sentences.

I wanted to read something sexy back to her, so I took the dog-eared book from Eroica.

This is an excellent example of a compound sentence.  There are two complete, independent clauses here—sentences in their own right, with subjects and predicates of their own.

I wanted to read something sexy back to her.

I took the dog-eared book from Eroica.

Combined with the conjunction so and a comma, you get a complete, compound sentence. Here’s another:

I flipped through the pages, but everything seemed too bawdy.

Because it’s a compound sentence, there are two complete sentences:

I flipped through the pages.

Everything seemed too bawdy.

When we combine these two sentences into a compound sentence, they become two independent clauses stuck together with a conjunction and a comma.

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