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Advanced Composition September 16, 1999

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Advanced Composition
Coordination and Conjunctions
September 16, 1999

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 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 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”)


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 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.” See a teacher writing sample on this topic.


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