ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
Coordination and Subordination
May 10, 2001
Joining ideas together is one way of varying our sentence structure.
We can either coordinate or subordinate our ideas.
Use FANBOYS to coordinate your sentences: For, And, Nor, But, Or,
Yet, So. Ideas using conjunctions are approximately equal in weight in
I like chocolate, but I love flowers.
Many conjunctions exist in English to subordinate ideas. One idea
receives a bit more emphasis than the other in such sentences. Some
subordinating conjunctions: after, although, because, before, if,
since, than, that, unless, until, when, whenever, whether, wherever,
Although I like chocolate, I love flowers.
Compare two favourites of yours (foods, people, pieces of music,
parks, or ?). Use two different coordinating and two different
subordinating conjunctions in your paragraph. Teacher
Writing Sample on this topic.
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