Transformation of a Simple Sentence into a Compound Sentence
A simple sentence consists of just one clause. That means it has just one subject and one finite verb. A compound sentence consists of two or more co-ordinate clauses. Coordinate clauses are clauses of the same rank.
We can transform a simple sentence into a compound sentence by expanding a word or phrase into a co-ordinate clause.
Study the examples given below.
Running fast, I caught up with him. (Simple sentence)
If we expand the participial phrase into a clause and connect it to the other clause with a coordinating conjunction, we can convert this simple sentence into a compound sentence.
I ran fast and caught up with him. (Compound sentence)
More examples are given below.
- Standing on tip-toe, he reached for the apple. (Simple sentence)
- He stood on tip-toe and reached for the apple. (Compound sentence)
- Being rich, she helps everybody. (Simple sentence)
- She is rich, so she helps everybody. (Compound sentence)
- Deceived by his friends, he gave up hope. (Simple sentence)
- He was deceived by his friends and gave up hope. (Compound sentence)
- Besides being intelligent, she is hardworking. (Simple sentence)
- She is not only intelligent but also hardworking. (Compound)
- Despite working hard, we couldn’t finish the project on time. (Simple sentence)
- We worked hard, but we couldn’t finish the project on time. (Compound sentence)