If a subject of a sentence has more than one verb, that verb is called a compound verb. A sentence can have a compound subject as well.
All sentences have to have a subject and a predicate. Here are explanations and examples of subjects and predicates.
A sentence is a complete thought and the subject of the sentence is the star of that thought. A subject can be a single noun or pronoun and it would be called a simple subject. Nouns name things that are alive or dead, places, and ideas. They can be proper, like “John”, or common, like “beliefs.”
A subject can also be a group of words, like: “The big house is over there”, “Eating is fun”, “To wonder about things is part of learning”, or “That I knew the facts earlier did not help me accept them.” Sometimes the subject is implied, like in “Get in the house!”
The predicate of a sentence tells what the subject is doing or being. It can also be a single word or a group of words. A single verb would be a simple predicate. A predicate includes modifiers of the verb or can be a phrase or clause. Examples include: “He talked”, “I read a book”, “The group elected him chairman”, and “She swam in the river”. Examples of a phrase which acts as a predicate is: “He is the king of France.” When an adjective is used as a predicate, it is called a predicate adjective. In the example: “She is attractive.” the predicate adjective is “attractive”. The linking verb in the last two examples is the word “is.”
Compound verbs are two or more verbs which are joined with a coordinating conjunction. The coordinating conjunctions are: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. An easy way to remember these is the first letter of each word spells “fanboys.”
Combining verbs helps make the text flow and not sound choppy with short sentences. It saves time and space, it is not necessary, and will actually make the text easier to understand. Following are examples of sentences with compound verbs with the verbs underlined:
Compound subjects are just like compound predicates except they are nouns and pronouns. The most common coordinating conjunctions are: and, nor, or, and but. Following are some examples of sentences with compound subjects.
Compound sentences are two sentences joined by a linking word (coordinating conjunction), like: and, but, or, and so. The word “and” shows the two sentences are similar in type and meaning, while the word “but” shows they have opposite ideas. The word “or” shows a choice between sentences, and the word “so” denotes that the second sentence has a result that is as important as the first sentence. Examples are: