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    Default Compound sentence vs simple sentence.

    Hi,

    Please, is the following a compound sentence or a simple sentence?

    John must have been playing football and Mary doing her homework.


    I am confused because the second clause is not independent. But there are two subject.

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Compound sentence vs simple sentence.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    Hello,



    1. I think that I understand the problem.

    2. The second clause, I believe, is independent.

    3. Native speakers often omit words. (It is called "ellipsis.")

    4. Thus, I am sure that you have already guessed what I am going to say:

    "John must have been playing football, and Mary [must have been] doing her homework."

    5. For example, "You love English grammar, and I too." That is, "You love English grammar, and I [love English grammar] too."


    James

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    Thanks a lot. It was helpful.

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