Coordinate (Coordinating) Conjunctions

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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See Also

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