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Conjoined sentences are sentences that include a conjunction to glue together what could have been two separate sentences.
I have cleaned the whole house.
She is still working her way through the ironing mountain.
I have cleaned the whole house, but she is still working her way through the ironing mountain.
But is the conjunction and there’s a comma ahead of it.
Commas are not always needed in conjoined sentences, especially when they are short. Here, ‘and’ is the conjunction.
I cleaned and she ironed.
If you have two independent clauses joined by a comma, rather than a conjunction, this is called a comma splice. Comma splices are to be avoided!
Comma splice example:
I love apples, I love bananas too.
Comma splices are easily avoided.
I love apples, and I love bananas too.
I love apples; I love bananas too.