Type of sentence.


The sentence: 


That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.


Is this a compound sentence?

asked Oct 15 '12 at 02:33 Mary New member

2 answers


I don't believe it is because "one giant leap for mankind" is a dependent clause. There is also no conjunction. 

link comment answered Oct 15 '12 at 12:20 h seay New member

Commas can be used in this way when we want to show a contrast.


I was 20, she 19.

The rain was heavy, the wind strong.


In your example, the noun phrase (it is not a clause because it has no predicate) one giant leap for mankind is being used in appositionit is renaming or redefining one small step for man. It's the same construction as:


Armstrong was the first, a pioneer.

link comment answered Oct 17 '12 at 09:51 Peter Guess Expert

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