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Compound Subject and Predicate

A compound subject and predicate are multiple simple subjects or simple predicates performing the same job. Two or more nouns acting as the subject would form a compound subject, and two or more verbs acting as the predicate would form a compound predicate. Consider the following examples:

Bob and Joe ran two miles yesterday.

You should exercise, eat, and sleep.

In the first example, there are two subjects: Bob and Joe. Together, they form a compound subject.

In the second example, there are three predicates: exercise, eat, and sleep. Together, they form a compound predicate.

Compound subjects are usually joined by coordinating conjunctions. In the above example, the nouns “Bob” and “Joe” are joined by the coordinating conjunction “and”. However, compound subjects can also be joined by a correlative conjunction pair.

For example:

When dropped from a tower, both a bowling ball and a rock should hit the ground at the same time.

Here, the noun in the compound subject “bowling ball” and “rock” are joined by the correlative conjunction pair “both—and”.

Compound predicates are usually joined by the coordinating conjunction “and”.


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