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Updated: Apr 17, 2023

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing well. Today we are going to be discussing seven coordinating conjunctions that are used in English. You are likely familiar with these words to some extent, but perhaps You don't know how or when to use them.

First things first. What's a conjunction?

1. Grammar a word used to connect clauses or sentences or to coordinate words in the same clause (e.g. and, but, if ).
2. the action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same point in time or space.

Definitions from Oxford Languages

And what's a coordinating conjunction?

A coordinating conjunction is a word that joins two elements of equal grammatical rank and syntactic importance. They can join two verbs, two nouns, two adjectives, two phrases, or two independent clauses.

Definition from Grammarly

Alright, so, "What's the meaning of FANBOYS?"

Well, I'm glad you asked.

  • For

  • And

  • Nor

  • But

  • Or

  • Yet

  • So

Let's look at a couple examples for their uses.


1. For

  • I went to the baseball game last night, for the tickets were free.

For the most part, 'for' has fallen out of everyday use, for/because it has been replaced by because. But, if you are wanting to use 'for' instead, switch it our for 'because' every once in a while.


2. And

  • I'd like french fries and a chocolate shake.

Here we are using 'and' to denote that there are two things that are equally desired.


3. Nor

  • I don't didn't pass the test, nor do I care.

Nor is used primarily to connect two negative ideas together.


4. But

  • I was so excited to finally meet him in person, but his body odor was not very pleasing.

  • I was so unhappy with my morning, but everything turned around by dinner time.

Use of 'but' denotes that there has been a change between the first clause and the second. It can be either positive or negative.


5. Or

  • I can buy this new computer now, or I can wait till it goes on sale.

Or presents the individual an alternative choice in a matter.


6. Yet

  • I was excited, yet terrified. It was the first roller coaster I had ever been on.

  • I never wanted to travel around the world, yet it was a life changing experience that I've come to love.

'Yet' it used to show contrast between two clauses despite the first being either negative or positive.


7. So

  • She was very pretty, so I asked her out on a date.

  • It was raining, so we stayed inside.

'So' is often used in spoken English, but as a rule it shows a cause and effect relationship between the two clauses.


Alright that is all for now, thank you and have a blessed day.


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