Coordinating Conjunctions

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Coordinating Conjunctions

What Are Coordinating Conjunctions?

Coordinating conjunctions join clauses, phrases, and words together that have equal standing in terms of grammar.

What are some examples?

The most commonly used coordinating conjunctions can be remembered by using the acronym FANBOYS:
ForShe was amazed at its beauty, for she had never before seen solid gold jewelry.
AndI plan to jump rope first, and then I’m going to run a mile.
NorI’ve never climbed a mountain, nor have I ever swam across a river.
ButI really want to go to an amusement park, but there aren’t any where I live.
OrHe couldn’t decide whether to make cookies or a cake.
YetThe dog hates baths, yet he continues to romp in the mud.
SoI earned $15 mowing lawns, so I can finally afford the toy I want.


The key to FANBOYS is that you must use a comma before each when they link two independent clauses.

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