Looking for sentences using compound subjects and compound verbs? Here are 15 sentences using compound subjects and 15 sentences using compound verbs along with a quick review of compound subjects and compound verbs.
Defining a Compound Subject
The subject of a sentence is generally defined as the noun or pronoun engaging in the activity of the verb. For example, study the following sentences:
- Beth reads very slowly.
- She reads very slowly.
In the first sentence, “Beth” is the subject. In the second sentence, “She” is the subject. In both sentences, the subject is engaged in the activity of reading.
When a sentence has two or more subjects, that’s called a “compound subject.” The individual subjects in a compound subject are joined by a coordinating conjunction (and, or, neither, nor). When the subjects are joined by “and,” the verb agrees with the pronoun “they.”
- Joanie and Chachi love each other. (NOT Joanie and Chachi loves each other.)
When the subjects are joined by “or” or “neither/nor,” the verb agrees with the subject that is closest to the verb.
- The piano or the book case has to go.
- The piano or the tables have to go.
- Neither the pillows nor the curtains match the couch.
- Neither the pillows nor the blanket looks good in this room.
Defining a Compound Verb
A compound verb is used when two verbs are needed to fully explain the action taken by the subject.
There are four types of compound verbs:
- A prepositional verb - When a preposition (such as "in") combines with a verb (such as "believe") to form a new verb. Example: believe in
- A phrasal verb - When a verb (such as "take") combines with another type of word, such as an adverb (such as "away"). Example: take away
- A verb with auxiliaries – When a verb (such as "walking") combines with another verb called a helping verb (such as "was"). Example: was walking
- A compound single-word verb – When a verb is a combination of multiple words (such as "stir" and "fry"). Example: stirfry
A compound verb gives the reader more information about the action taken than a common verb that only shows one action.
Compound Subjects and Compound Verbs In Action
The following 15 sentences use compound subjects:
- Potato chips and cupcakes are bad for you.
- Uncle Jim, Aunt Sue and my cousin Jake went to Jamaica on vacation.
- Beth and Kendra read very slowly.
- The boots by the door and the flip-flops in the living room need to be put away.
- Neither the boots by the door nor the flip-flops in the living room will be here any more if you don’t put them away.
- Neither a tall man nor a short man lives in that house.
- Neither wind nor rain nor sleet nor hail can stop the US Postal Service from delivering the mail.
- Neither the rugs downstairs nor the carpet upstairs has been vacuumed.
- Either you or your brother is going to be punished.
- Either the chicken or the beef in the freezer needs to be thawed for dinner tonight.
- Either the matches or the candles caused the fire.
- Either a rat or the gerbil keeps chewing up all my socks!
- Everything on the bed and everything in the closet was organized in under an hour.
- Nobody in the bank and nobody in the store saw the accident.
- Anyone on the soccer team and anybody on the basketball team is eligible for the scholarship.
For many more examples, in different types of sentences, see Compound Subject Examples.
The following 15 sentences use compound verbs:
- I will walk to the store tomorrow. (verb with auxliary)
- What does he believe in? (prepositional verb)
- His sad story made me tear up. (phrasal verb)
- Mary said she would babysit for the Tom and Joan (compound single-word verb)
- I don't want to bother you. (verb with auxliary)
- The tightly woven fabric was easy to water-proof. (compound single-word verb)
- Is the product something you can believe in? (prepositional verb)
- I will take away the used parts. (phrasal verb)
- Will the new balance carry over to the next bill? (compound single-word verb)
- The new employee didn't know what to ask for. (prepositional verb)
- The little boy was telling me all about the fair. (verb with auxliary)
- He decided to air-condition the room. (compound single-word verb)
- He didn't know what to work on. (phrasal verb)
- Is he someone you can rely on? (prepositional verb)
- I am willing to take the job. (verb with auxliary)
For many more examples, in different types of sentences, see Compound Verb Examples.
English speakers do just about everything they can to shorten, tighten and speed up what they want to say. By using compound subjects and compound verbs, they do just that. Hopefully studying these sentences using compound subjects and compound verbs will help you to communicate more efficiently as well.