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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Coordinating Conjunctions

There are 7 coordinating conjunctions: for, or, nor, yet, but, and, so

These words are commonly used to
  1. (create a compound sentence) My mother prepared lasagna, and I baked a chocolate walnut cake.
  2. (create a compound subject) He will become a biologist or a lawyer.
  3. (create a compound verb) Lee photographed and described the event.
  4. (create a compound object) Amanda did not give him the address nor directions.
Use a comma after the coordinating conjunction when joining two complete sentences. Avoid the comma after a coordinating conjunction when joining two subjects, two objects or two verbs.

NOTE: Using correct punctuation helps to avoid sentence errors such as fused sentences and comma splices.


  1. This is one I need to print out and tape to my desk. I can already see from reading this various errors I make in writing. Oh dear....the learning is never conjunctions AND life. :) :)

  2. I think we all should know how to use them. They are very useful in our daily writing and everyday speaking. I know for a fact I have to brush up on my grammar skills and everything else in between. Sometimes it does helps to have a memory refresher.

  3. Thank you! I like mini-lessons such as these; they help me to pay closer attention to my writing.

  4. I'm agreeing with Robin, Kelvin and Cassy...(Hi y'all!) This is something I DEFINITELY need to pay attention to! While it is permissible to be a little lax in my casual writings, I really need to "tighten up" when it comes to my business correspondence. Thanks for the refresher - Nards

  5. What a nice, simple explanation of short words that cause so many problems.


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