Learn how to use Coordinating Conjunctions in English.
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What are Coordinating Conjunctions?
You use a coordinating conjunction “for,” “and,” “nor,” “but,” “or,” “yet” or “so” to join individual words, phrases, and independent clauses. If a clause can stand alone as a sentence, it is an independent clause.
Coordinating conjunctions can also be referred to as coordinators. Note that you can also use the conjunctions “but” and “for” as prepositions.
Coordinating Conjunction | Examples
- She must have been very hungry, for she ate everything immediately.
- They went to the park, and they went down the slide.
- Miles doesn’t likes doing his homework, nor does he like going to school.
- The park is empty now, but it will be filled with children after school.
- We could go get ice cream, or we could go get pizza.
- Projects can be really exciting, yet they can be really hard work.
- I want to go to bed, so I am brushing my teeth.
List of Coordinating Conjunctions
An easy way to remember these six conjunctions is to think of the word FANBOYS. Each of the letters in this somewhat unlikely word is the first letter of one of the coordinating conjunctions.