Coordinating Conjunctions

Coordinating Conjunctions are words that are used to connect ideas.

Rhetors use coordinating conjunctions to join to two independent clauses–i.e., two sentences.

Coordinating conjunctions are words that connect ideas. Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two sentences together.

Example: I’m reading, and I’m writing.

FANBOYS is mnemonic device you can use to remember the seven coordinating conjunctions:

  1. F = For (cause/ reason)
  2. A = And (addition)
  3. N = Nor (negative choice)
  4. B = But (contrast)
  5. O = Or (choice)
  6. Y = Yet (contrast)
  7. S = So (as a result/effect)

Commas are used when two independent clauses are connected by coordinating conjunctions:

Ex: She was tired, so she went home.

She was tired is an independent clause (a complete sentence). She went home is also an independent clause. You need a comma before the coordinating conjunction so.

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Subordinating Conjunctions

A subordinating conjunction connects an independent clause to a dependent (subordinate) clause.

Rhetors use Subordinating Conjunctions to show relationships between ideas.