punctuation in compound sentence


I know a compound sentence contains at least 2 independent clauses, but are they connected by a comma and a conjunction or by a semicolon and no conjunction OR  connected by a comma and no conjunction or by a semicolon and a conjunction?

asked Jan 18 '12 at 18:09 Kim New member

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We use either a semicolon without a conjunction, or a comma and a conjunction.

I have to go to the store; I need something for dinner.

My dog is black, and she has brown eyes.

A semicolon and comma are used with conjunctive adverbs.

The sun is shining brightly today; however, the wind is bitter cold.

The Grammarly Handbook has an extensive section on all forms of punctuation.

link comment edited Jan 19 '12 at 04:51 Jody M. Expert

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