Coordination is what we call
joining together two independent clauses. A clause is a group of words
that contains a subject and a verb. To join these clauses we use the
coordination conjunctions. These are easily remembered in this way:
for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so. Or, you could say FANBOYS!
Examples of Coordination
Jim loves Dorothy, and she loves him. (Here “and” shows
He proposed, so they got married. (Here “so” shows a result)
They lived in her hometown, yet they were unhappy. (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
Write a short paragraph about two people who got married.
This could be yourself and your own husband or wife, or it could be
about your friends or your own parents.
Use the five coordinating conjunctions from today’s example
in your paragraph.
Give more detail than the examples above 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
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