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    question about compound predicates

    I know that the following sentence has a compound predicate:

    Susan held and petted her cat.

    My question is, does this next sentence have a compound predicate?

    Susan held her cat while petting it.

    And, if not, can you explain why it doesn't?

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    No, it is not a compound predicate. "While" is a subordinating conjunction there. In the first sentence "and" is a coordinating conjunction.

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    No, it is not a compound predicate. "While" is a subordinating conjunction there. In the first sentence "and" is a coordinating conjunction.
    I really apologize for the belated thanks in answering my question. I greatly appreciate your taking the time to get back to me.

    Thanks again.

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    "Susan held and petted her cat."

    Does the above sentence really have a compound predicate? If so, it is different from the predicate in 'Susan held her cat and chased the dog away.'

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "Susan held and petted her cat."
    I researched this a bit and thought about it. It seems that compound predicates can be of varying complexity, which wouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    In the original sentence, There is one subject with two verbs connected by "and". I would call that a compound predicate.

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    Re: question about compound predicates

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    "Susan held and petted her cat."

    Does the above sentence really have a compound predicate? If so, it is different from the predicate in 'Susan held her cat and chased the dog away.'
    I am not an expert by any means, hence my original question. In my sentence I have 1 subject, Susan, two predicates, held and petted, and one object of both verbs. This seems like a compound predicate to me. Your sentence is different by having separate objects of each verb. In my opinion, both our sentences have compound predicates.

    Brian

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