FANBOYS! Coordinating conjunctions are the most popular category of English conjunctions. Simply put, they bring ideas together. They can join words, phrases, and clauses. In this lesson, you will learn a common coordinating conjunctions list in English.
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FANBOYS – Coordinating Conjunctions
The meaning of FOR is because or since. For as a conjunction is used to explain reason or purpose. (like “because” or ”since”)
- He doesn’t want to buy any electronical devices, for they are very expensive these days.
- My teacher loves me very much, for I am a successful student.
- I have to find a new job, for I am unemployed.
- She gets weight easily, for she eats everything very quickly.
- Scientists are trying to find a new livable planet, for the world is coming to the end.
One of the most used words in English is ‘AND‘. It can be shortened by “&” sign in English. It means in addition to. And is used to connect words, phrases, or clauses that have the same grammatical function in a construction.
- I’m a husband and father.
- He came in the house and the phone began to ring.
- I work in a post office. And I also work in a library.
- She talked and listened.
- Please calm down, Let’s wait and see.
It means and not. NOR is used before the second or last of a set of negative possibilities, usually after “neither”.
- She didn’t talk to her friends nor did she call her family.
- He can’t attend the meeting and nor can Ally.
- Neither Klevin nor Janny were at the school yesterday.
- Neither my son nor my daughter like drinking milk.
- Today is neither the first nor the last day of the month.
- Neither my parents nor my friends supported me.
The meaning of BUT is however. It is used to show a disagreement between clauses, or to connect ideas that contrast.
Also BUT means “except” when it is used after words such as all, everything/nothing, everyone/no one, everybody/nobody.
- I have got a home, but I haven’t got a car.
- I go to work on Mondays, but I don’t go to work on Saturday.
- He is very good at playing football but not at riding a bike.
- Emmy goes to bed early, but She is always late for work.
- He loves to read books on that date, but he hates taking notes.
- He said he would live with his family, but he gave up after that.
It means either. OR is used to connect different possibilities.
- Sally lives in London or New York.
- Which color do you like red or blue?
- Does Clark have any brothers or sisters?
- Do you spend more time with your friends or with your family?
- Teenagers need to sleep seven or eight hours a night.
- We can cook soup for dinner, or we can just eat leftovers.
- She studies hard for this exam or she fails.
- I will go to the party or stay at home.
It means but. YET is used to introduce a contrasting idea that follows the preceding idea logically.
- Tomy plays basketball well, yet his favorite sport is football.
- Supporters of both teams complained about extreme heat, yet they continue to watch the match.
- I really wanted my son to study at university, yet he left the school.
- She lost the racing, yet she was happy to take part in such a contest.
It means therefore, for that reason. SO means with the result or consequence of something.
- She was sick, so she couldn’t attend the meeting.
- I studied hard, so I will be successful in the exam.
- My daughter is very smart, so everybody likes her.
- He has a job interview, so he will go to London.
- Jack has changed, so much over time so nobody can know him.
- I don’t feel myself good, so I don’t want to go anywhere.
Coordinating Conjunctions List – FANBOYS
Coordinating Conjunctions List | Infographic