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Completing the Sentence with Coordinating Conjunction

A conjunction is a word that joins two parts of a sentence. There are two kinds of conjunctions - coordinating conjunctions and subordinating conjunctions.

Coordinating Conjunctions
Coordinating conjunctions join two ideas that are equally important or could be independent from each other. In the sentences given below, and, or, nor, but, yet are coordinating conjunctions.

  1. Thomas has two brothers __and___ one sister.
  2. I will play soccer __or__ football in the fall, but not both.
  3. I didn't go in the boat __nor__  did I want to.
  4. Ben wants to come with us, __but__ he is grounded.
  5. Whales live in the water, __yet__  they breathe air.
These are the coordinating conjunctions:
  • For
  • And
  • Nor
  • But
  • Or
  • Yet
  • So

A good way to remember these is by the first letter of each conjunction, which spells 'FANBOYS'.

Combining Sentences Using Coordinating Conjunctions:

Coordinating conjunctions can be used to combine two sentences. Take a look at the sentences given below and consider how we can combine the two ideas into one sentence.

  A Tiffany wanted waffles for breakfast.
    Tiffany wanted fruit for breakfast.

How can we combine these two sentences into one, using the coordinating conjunction, and?

    Tiffany wanted waffles and fruit for breakfast.
  B Mark sat.
    I stood.

What coordinating conjunction would we use to combine these ideas?

    Mark sat, but I stood.
  C This thing is not useful.
    This thing is not ornamental.

What coordinating conjunction can be used to combine these two sentences into one?

    This thing is neither useful nor ornamental.

Notice that we added the word 'neither' here. Why did we do that?

We used 'neither..nor' to create a negation or denial. The negation in the sentence is at the objects rather than at the verb (is).

In our sentence, we didn't negate the verb with 'not'. Hence, we added 'neither' before the word 'useful'. © 2014. All Rights Reserved.