2/26/05
 
KISS Grammar Workbooks Level Two Instructional Material
 
Coordinating Conjunctions and Compounding

     "Compound" refers to two or more words or phrases that serve the same function within a sentence. Usually, compounds are joined together by coordinating conjunctions -- "and," "or," or "but."

Adjectives can be compounded:

They love their tan and white kitten.

And so can adverbs:

Geoffrey quickly and quietly cleaned his room. 

Similarly, subjects, verbs, and complements can all be compounded:

"Mary and Bill ate dinner (DO) and 
then played tennis (DO) and basketball (DO)."


Note that "either ... or..." and "neither ... nor...." are variations of "or," and thus also function as coordinating conjunctions:

Neither Bill nor Tom likes either swimming (DO) or fishing (DO).


     Simply remember that any type of grammatical construction may be compounded.