Compound Sentences Worksheets

All About These 15 Worksheets

This series of 15 worksheets is designed to help students develop the skills necessary for constructing and using compound sentences effectively. Each worksheet provides students with guided exercises and interactive activities to enhance their understanding and application of compound sentence structures.

This series caters to students across different grade levels, offering a range of worksheets that cover various aspects of compound sentences. Through these worksheets, students will:

  • Distinguish simple sentences from compound sentences;
  • Combine pairs of sentences to make a compound sentence using coordinating conjunctions;
  • Rewrite compound sentences to a pair of simple sentences to demontsrate their understanding of its form;
  • Complete sentences by adding a conjunction and an independent clause;
  • Write their own compound sentences;
  • And apply punctuation rules effectively to ensure clarity and avoid sentence fragments or run-ons.

This series of worksheets serves as a valuable resource for teachers seeking to enhance their students’ writing skills and promote the use of compound sentences. By engaging with these worksheets, students develop the abilities to construct compound sentences, vary their sentence structures, and create more engaging and sophisticated written work.

What are Compound Sentences?

A compound sentence is a sentence that contains two or more independent clauses that are joined together by a coordinating conjunction or a semicolon.

An independent clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a predicate and can stand alone as a complete sentence. When two independent clauses are joined together, they create a compound sentence.

For example:

  • “I went to the store, and I bought some milk.”
  • “She likes to sing, but she doesn’t like to dance.”
    “He studied hard for the exam; therefore, he passed with flying colors.

In these examples, the independent clauses are “I went to the store” and “I bought some milk,” “She likes to sing” and “she doesn’t like to dance,” and “He studied hard for the exam” and “he passed with flying colors.” The coordinating conjunctions joining these clauses are “and,” “but,” and “therefore,” respectively.

There is no need to “fix” a compound sentence, as it is a grammatically correct sentence structure. However, it is important to ensure that the independent clauses are properly joined using coordinating conjunctions or semicolons.

Here are some tips for constructing a well-formed compound sentence:

  1. Use a coordinating conjunction to join the independent clauses: The most common coordinating conjunctions are “and,” “but,” and “or.”

Example: She loves to read books, but she doesn’t like watching movies.

  1. Use a semicolon to separate the independent clauses: This is a useful technique when the two independent clauses are closely related.

Example: John is an excellent athlete; he has won many awards for his skills.

  1. Make sure the independent clauses are of equal importance: Compound sentences work best when the two independent clauses are closely related and have equal importance.

Example: Sarah was tired, but she continued working on her project.

By following these guidelines, you can create well-structured and effective compound sentences.