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Compound Main Clauses (Ex # 8): from
Stories of Robin Hood Told to the Children, by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
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A Study in Bending and Breaking the Rules

 Note: Personally, I would discourage students from compounding main clauses by using "and" without a comma -- some teachers will consider them wrong. On the other hand, if we are going to teach students how to analyze any sentences that they read or write, we -- and they -- need to be prepared. These are some of the sentences they will find in Marshall's text. You might want to point out that all of these sentences are short.

1. Then every one sat down | and dinner began. |

2. They live wicked lives (DO), | therefore they ought to be punished (P). |

3. They became very, very great friends (PN) | and Little John was {next to

Robin} {in command} {of the men}. |
 

4. This isn't money (PN) [ [#1] I have {in my bags}], | it is only pebble stones (PN). |
 

5. She loved me (DO) too | and we were very happy (PA). |
 

6. These fifty years [NuA] have I come and gone {to Nottingham market}, | and I

have never seen the like (DO) {of it} never [#2]. | He is ruining the trade

(DO), | that's [PN what (DO) he is doing]. |
 

7. I love the sound (DO) {of the harp} | and you can play some sweet music (DO)

{to us}. |


Notes
1. One could consider this clause as an adjective to "money," but it also modifies "This," and thus might also be explained as a adjectival clause that functions as a post-positioned adjective.
2. Although I have never seen a grammar book, at least that I remember, that discusses this phenomenon, this "never" is easily processed as an emphatic appositive since it clearly restates the preceding "never."