What is a Coordinating Conjunction?
A Coordinating Conjunction is a conjunction used to connect two items of equal rank. Thus, it can join two nouns, two verbs, two adjectives, two phrases, or two independent clauses. There are seven Coordinating Conjunctions in the English language. They are: For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, and So. The acronym, FANBOYS, will be useful to remember these 7 coordinating conjunctions. Of these seven conjunctions, “so” is a bit different, in the sense that it can function as Subordinating Conjunction as well.
When connecting two independent clauses, a comma preceds a Coordinating Conjunction. If the clauses are short, the comma is not required.
Coordinating Conjunction examples:
· I wanted to go to my friend’s house today, but my father did not permit me to leave the house.
· Jill cooked and her sister helped. (No comma before the coordinating conjunction “and,” as the clauses are short.)