Compound sentences,

Compound sentences.

A compound sentence is made up of two or more simple sentences joined with a conjunction.

Conjunctions have one job, to connect. They join words, phrases, or clauses together to clarify what the writer is saying. Their presence provides smooth transitions from one idea to another. A conjunctive adverb can join two main clauses. In this situation, the conjunctive adverb behaves like a coordinating conjunction, connecting two complete ideas. Notice, however, that you need a semicolon, not a comma, to connect the two clauses:

Choose the appropriate conjunctive adverb:

otherwise moreover then

1. The dark skies and distant thunder dissuaded Mary from her early morning run; __, she had twenty essays to correct for her afternoon class.

2. Karen’s apartment complex does not allow dogs over 13Kg; __, she would have bought the gangly Great Dane puppy playing in the pet store window.

3. The cat ate a bowlful of tuna; __, to the squirrels’ delight, the fat feline fell asleep in the rocking chair.


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