Join into a simple sentence: United we stand. Divided we fall.

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In order to answer this question, it is important to know the difference between a simple sentence and a compound sentence. A simple sentence is defined as a sentence that has one clause, containing a single subject and a predicate. An example of a simple sentence is, “I ran to the store.” The sentence has a single subject (I) and a single predicate (ran to the store).

Another example of a simple sentence is “Jessica jumped and cheered at the game.” You might think that this is a compound sentence because it contains two verbs (jumped and cheered), but it is still a simple sentence that contains a compound verb.

In order to combine “United we stand. Divided we fall” into a simple sentence, we must first create a single subject (“we”). Then, we can move to combining the verbs. One answer to your question is “We stand united but fall divided.”

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We stand united and fall divided.  This remains a simple sentence because it has only one subject, we.  The subject has two verbs, but the one subject keeps it a simple sentence.  These kind of exercises are good for students to work on in groups as they can argue and explain the difference between phrases and clauses.  I used to put my advanced 8th graders into small groups, give them strips of words, and ask them to create two different sentences justifying which was the better sentence.  Doing this taught them that parts of sentences are movable which helped them create variety in their sentences.  This exercise looks like it would be good for 12th graders especially each group's explanation to the class.

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