Concept: Coordinating Conjunctions
- Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two sentences. It can be used to join nouns, verbs, adjectives, phrases, adverbs, and clauses.
- Coordinating conjunctions are as follows: and, but, for, nor, or, so, yet.
- They are important while creating compound sentences or when expressing different ideas.
- Coordinating conjunctions are used to join two nouns or two verbs in a sentence.
- Use a simple sentence after the coordinating conjunction to make a compound sentence.
- Avoid using a coordinating conjunction to begin every sentence. Use only when it is more effective to express your ideas.
- Add a comma before every coordinating conjunction.
My dog jumped on me,and I dropped the paintbrush. I had to clean the floor,for I had to resume my painting.
Uses of Coordinating Conjunctions
Let us have a look at what each coordinating conjunction is used for:-
|a.||for – used between two independent sentences to explain a purpose.
Example:I went to bed early, for I was not feeling well.
|b.||and – used to join two nouns, two adjectives, two verbs, two phrases, or two independent
This is one of the most commonly used coordinating conjunctions in the English Language.
Example:Ramesh planned to go out and have a lot of fun.
|c.||nor – It is used to join two negative ideas together. The two sentences it connects could express
different negative thoughts.
Example:Sunil didn’t eat pizza nor did he allow his friend to eat burgers.
|d.||but – used to denote contrast between two sentences or words or ideas.
Example:She is shy, but her sister is bold.
|e.||or – used to express a choice. It usually connects positive ideas.
Example:Eat now, or you will have to stay hungry for long.
|f.||yet – it is used to present an opposite idea that logically follows the previous idea.
Example:I warned you, yet you went there.
|g.||yet – It is used to show a result or effect or consequence from an action in the earlier part of
Example:The shop was closed so we visited the supermarket.
- Do not overuse the conjunction ‘and’. Avoid connecting every sentence with it. Use ‘and’ only to add information.
Choose other words to indicate relations:
- Use ‘but’ to show contrast.
- Use ‘so’ to denote a result.
- Use ‘for’ to indicate a cause.
She usually studies in her room, but when it gets disturbing, she goes to a cafe.
She usually studies in her room but when it gets disturbing, she goes to a cafe.