Eroica’s Erotica, Episode 5: Sentences With Complex Predicates

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Don’t confuse compound sentences, in which both independent clauses have their own subject, with sentences that have complex predicates, in which the second verb phrase shares the main subject of the sentence with the first and no comma is needed.

I cleared my throat and parted my lips.

See how there’s really only one subject here, I, and how the two predicates or verb phrases, cleared my throat and parted my lips actually share that subject?  The two predicates may be linked by a conjunction in these types of sentences, but there’s no need to add a comma to that conjunction:

I cleared my throat and parted my lips.

Eroica perked up her ears and leaned closer.

I read boldly but feared her shock.

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