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commas 4 use a comma to separate two complete sentences joined by a conjunction compound sentences

Commas#4 – use a comma to separate two complete sentences joined by a conjunction (Compound Sentences)

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comma rules for separating compound sentences
Comma Rules for separating compound sentences.

Use a comma to separate two complete sentences that are joined by a conjunction.

A complete sentence has an independent subject and a verb and expresses a complete thought.

examples of complete sentences
Examples of complete sentences
  • Cats meow.
  • Dogs bark.

Subject

Verb

Subject

Verb

A complete thought has been expressed.

A complete thought has been expressed.

examples of incomplete sentences
Examples of incomplete sentences
  • Cats meowing.
  • Dogs barking.

Subject

Verb

The sentence is missing something – it is incomplete.

Subject

Verb

The sentence is missing something – it is incomplete.

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Commas separate two complete (compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

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conjunctions are words that are used to link join words or groups of words
Conjunctions are words that are used to link (join)words or groups of words

Use FANBOYS to remember conjunctions:

Conjunction Junction

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Commas separate two complete (compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

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Commas separate two complete

(compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

,but

The two complete sentences are joined by ‘but’

(a conjunction)

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Commas separate two complete

(compound) sentences joined by a

conjunction.

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Commas separate two complete (compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

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Commas separate two complete (compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

‘Fell asleep’ is not a complete sentence – no comma needed

‘He fell asleep’ is a complete sentence – use the comma

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Commas separate two complete (compound) sentences joined by a conjunction.

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Commas separate two complete sentences joined by a conjunction.

Why is there a comma here?

‘You can order the chicken’ is a complete sentence. ‘You can get the steak’ is a complete sentence. They are joined by or (a conjunction), so a comma is needed.

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Commas separate two complete sentences joined by a conjunction.

Why isn’t

there a comma here?

‘Why don’t we get both dinners’ is a complete sentence. ‘Split ‘em’ is not a complete sentence.

A comma is not needed.

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which of the following is correct
Which of the following is correct?
  • Many people live here and they work in town.
  • Many people live here, and they work in town.
  • Many people, work here, and they work in town.
  • None of the above
which of the following is correct1
Which of the following is correct?
  • Many people live here and they work in town.
  • Many people live here, and they work in town.
  • Many people, work here, and they work in town.
  • None of the above

Comma is needed – two complete sentences

Comma is not needed here

which of the following is not correct
Which of the following is not correct?
  • The house was old, and it was unpainted.
  • It needed painting and repairs.
  • My sister told me to clean the windows and she asked me to mop the floor.
  • My brother sat back, and he laughed

at my misery.

which of the following is not correct1
Which of the following is not correct?
  • The house was old, and it was unpainted.
  • It needed painting and repairs.
  • My sister told me to clean the windows and she asked me to mop the floor.
  • My brother sat back, and he laughed

at my misery.

Comma is needed – two complete sentences