Coordinate (Coordinating) Conjunctions

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What Are Coordinate (Coordinating) Conjunctions? (with Examples)

Coordinate conjunctions (or coordinating conjunctions) most commonly join like with like. This means, for example, they join an adjective with an adjective, a noun with a noun, or a clause with a clause.

The three most common coordinate conjunctions are and, but, and or. There are seven in total. They are: You can remember them using the mnemonic F.A.N.B.O.Y.S.

Examples of Coordinate Conjunctions

Here are some examples of coordinate conjunctions:

When to Use a Comma before a Coordinate Conjunction

There is often confusion over when to use a comma before a coordinate conjunction. Here is a summary of the rules:

When your coordinate conjunction joins two items, do not use a comma. For example: However, if you think it helps your reader, you can use a comma. For example: When you have three or more items, it depends what convention you're following. For example: When your coordinate conjunction joins two (or more) independent clauses (i.e., ones that could stand alone as individual sentences), then use a comma. For example:

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What are conjunctions? What are correlative conjunctions? What are subordinating conjunctions? Glossary of grammatical terms