What makes a Compound
• 1) Two complete simple sentences
• 2a) Plus a comma and a FANBOY
• 2b) OR a semicolon
• RULE: If your compound sentence
contains a semicolon, the second
complete sentence must be directly
related to the first sentence.
• F = For
• A = And
• N = Nor
• B = But
• O = Or
• Y = Yet
• S = So
Example Compound Sentences
• SENTENCES WITH A COMMA AND FANBOY
– Steven and Crystal got married, but it rained on
their wedding day.
– Freedom is an American right, and we should all
• SENTENCES WITH SEMICOLONS
– The Longhorns had a dinner last night; they ate
– Samuel is a new student; he is worried about his
• Write a sentence in your notes about the
• The sentence must be compound and use
a comma and a conjunction.
• Write a sentence about the racecar
• The sentence must be compound and
include a semicolon.
• A run-on is two or more sentences
incorrectly written as one sentence.
Examples of Run-ons
• Try it, you’ll like it.
• It’s going to rain, I better get my jacket.
• I have so many books, my shelves are full.
How do we fix them???
Directions: You will each get a
whiteboard, marker and an eraser. Tell
me if the sentence on the powerpoint
slide is a simple sentence, compound
sentence, fragment, or a run-on. After
you write down your answer, turn your
white board upside down.
Because of the crash, the car
We ring the bell to be
Sarah won the prize, she got a
The kids knew the answers,
but they would not tell the
The day was long I got tired.
I ate lunch; it was good.
Floating in the pool.
It’s a great day to be a
When the bell rings.
We followed him through the
school, but he seemed to
After the long winter break, I
had to go back to my school.
Even though I was tired, I
finished my homework on