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  Ed Good  —  Grammar Tips

A compound sentence comprises two or more independent clauses. You may join these clauses by using one of the seven coordinating conjunctions: but, or, yet, for, and, nor, so. Or you may use a correlative conjunction: not … but, not only … but (also), neither … nor, either … or.

You may also join two independent clauses through parataxis, which means pushing the two clauses together without a conjunction. Typically, you'll use a semicolon to join the clauses.

Here are compound sentences formed by a coordinating conjunction and through parataxis:

Sally played the guitar, and Fred sang the melody.

Sally played the guitar; Fred sang the melody.

When you use a correlative conjunction to join two independent clauses, you'll have to use a multiword verb form for the first clause and put the subject between the auxiliary verb and the main verb. Like this:

Not only did the president decide to employ the use of force, but he decided to use massive force.

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