Compound Constructions

The term compound is used to describe the combining of similar grammatical units in a number of circumstances.

A compound sentence is a sentence made up of two or more independent clauses. The clauses are joined by conjunctions and/or distinctive punctuation marks.

A compound subject is a subject made up of two or more different subjects acting on the same predicate.

A compound verb is a simple predicate with two or more different verbs showing different actions or conditions.

Both compound subjects and compound verbs are joined by conjunctions, sometimes with additional punctuation.

A compound modifier is two or more adjectives or adverbs modifying a single word or phrase. They are normally joined by conjunctions or punctuation marks.

A compound word is a single word made up of two or more distinct words combined into that single word. The word blackbird is a compound word made up of the words black and bird.


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