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A coordinating conjunction is a word that joins two parts of a sentence. Coordinating conjunctions turn two sentences into one sentence with two independent clauses.








ConjunctionsEdit

Common ConjunctionsEdit

There are seven common coordinating conjunctions. They can be remembered and recited using the acronym FANBOY:

  • For
  • And
  • Nor
  • But
  • Or
  • Yet

An older method of remembering conjunctions is "andbutornorfor" but yet is excluded.

List of ConjunctionsEdit

To help with your writing, here is a list of coordinating conjunctionsa:

A after, although, as, as if, as long as, as much as, as soon as, as though

B because, before, by the time

E even if, even though

I if, in order that, in case

L lest

O once, only if

P provided that

S since, so that

T than, that, though, till

U unless, until

W when, whenever, where, wherever, while [1]

UsageEdit

Coordinating conjunctions are used to connect two sentences, which is mainly to improve the flow of the sentence by making it less choppy.

Example: "Henry knelt down and closely inspected the inscription on the wall. He didn't find anything out of the ordinary. He wished he could spend more time studying the ruins. He had to go back to Columbia to meet his girlfriend. He had to drive back to the airport. The airport was twenty miles away. "

That is quite choppy and flows pretty badly. This is much better:

"Henry knelt down and closely inspected the inscription on the wall, but he didn't find anything out of the ordinary. He wished he could spend more time studying the ruins, but he had to go back to Columbia to meet his girlfriend. He had to drive back to the airport, and it was twenty miles away."

  1. http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/list-of-conjunctions.html

http://www.english-grammar-revolution.com/list-of-conjunctions.html

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