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Advanced Composition 

Putting it Together: Coordination and Conjunctions

October 16 and 17, 2002 

 Coordination is what we call it when we join two independent clauses together. A clause is a group of words that contains a subject and a verb. To join these clauses we use the coordinating conjunctions. These are easily remembered in this way: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. Or, you could say FANBOYS!


Examples of Coordination Using Conjunctions

 Jim loves Dorothy, and she loves him. (Here “and” shows addition.)

 He proposed, so they got married. (Here “so” shows a result.)

 They lived in her hometown, yet they were not happy. (Here “yet” shows a contrast.)

 They stayed there, for they didn’t have enough money to move. (Here “for” shows a reason.)

 Dorothy didn’t have a good job, nor did Jim. (Here “nor” shows an alternative. *Note how the question word order is used after “nor.”)

 Writing Assignment:

Write a short paragraph about two people who got married. This could be you and your own husband or wife, or it could be about your friends or your parents.

Use all five coordinating conjunctions from today’s example in your paragraph.

Give more detail than our examples to make your paragraph more interesting. For example, “John wasn’t sure he wanted to get married, yet he did it happily once he got to know Mary’s nice family.”

Teacher Writing Sample for this topic.


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