Compound Sentences vs. Compound Predicates

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What´s the diff. between a compound sentence and a compound predicate?

Compound Sentences vs. Compound Predicates

Don't confuse a compound sentence with a compound predicate. A compound sentence has at least two independent clauses, each containing a subject and a predicate.
Susan finished college, and she is looking for a job.

A compound predicate contains one subject and at least two predicates.
Susan finished college and is looking for a job.

A comma is not needed with a compound predicate.



7/23/2007 11:39:23 PM
Eva said:

However, when the compound predicate has three or more verbs, it is better to use a comma.

8/29/2011 4:03:48 PM
Joyce Jones said:

If the following sentence is a compound predicate, would someone please tell me why there is a comma after the word "moderated"? Thanks.

"Comments are moderated, and will not appear until approved."


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