Compound sentence – phrase composée


Let's Define It!

What's a *compound sentence*?

A compound sentence (une phrase composée) is a sentence with two or more clauses.

  • J'ai mangé mon repas et j'ai encore faim, mais je dois reprendre le travail.. / I ate my meal and I am still hungry, but I must resume work again..

As you can see from the above example, the key element to remember here is that in a phrase composée, the clauses are independent of each other, unlike a complex sentence in which subordinate clause must rely on a main one.

Also, the clauses within the compound sentence are called coordinate clauses because they are introduced by but and et. 



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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

In the following example, we can see a compound sentence with several clauses independent of each other connected by cordianate conjunctions:

  • Elle prit sa main et la posa sur sa poitrine, mais il l'enleva.  / She took his hand and placed it on his chest, but he removed it.


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