Coordinating conjunctions are some of the handiest, dandiest words in the English language. Essentially, they help us string our thoughts together in a way that is complex and meaningful, and without them writing would be very short and choppy.
You can remember the coordinating conjunctions by memorizing the word:
FANBOYS = for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so
Coordinating conjunctions are used between independent clauses, and paired with a comma. For example, the following sentences can be combined with a coordinating conjunction:
This place has the worst food I have ever tasted. I will never eat here again.
Combined with a comma and coordinating conjunction:
This place has the worst food I have ever tasted, so I will never eat here again.
Some other examples:
- I love you, but I can not marry you.
- I want to go to the store, and I want to go to her birthday party.
- He had not known her long, yet he felt very close to her.
Coordinating conjunctions are some of the most commonly used words and very easily misused by leaving out a comma or putting it in the wrong place. Be mindful that the parts you join are complete sentences that can stand alone.