The predicate is the part of the sentence that makes a statement about the subject. The predicate usually tells us what the subject is doing or what is happening to the subject.
A compound predicate tells us two (or more) things about the same subject (without repeating the subject).
This is a simple predicate:
Examples of Compound PredicatesThese are examples of compound predicates:
There Is One Subject in a Compound PredicateA compound predicate tells us at least two things about one subject. So, the following sentence is not an example of a compound predicate:
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Glossary of grammatical terms
There is often confusion over whether to use a comma before a conjunction (i.e., a word like and and but). It is worth being able to spot a compound sentence, because you should use a comma before a conjunction that joins two independent clauses. For example:
Click on the example of a compound predicate: