A conjunction is the joining together of elements and it is a word that connects sentences, phrases or clauses.

Coordinating conjunctions are easy to remember with an acronymic mnemonic device:


For, And, Nor, But, Or, Yet, So

Here are some examples of coordinating conjunctions in English and what they do:

        For – presents rationale – I went to the store to get soda, for I was thirsty.

        And – presents non-contrasting item(s) or idea(s) – I love to fish, and I like to hunt.

        Nor – presents a non-contrasting negative idea – He does not fish, nor does he hunt.

        But – presents a contrast or exception – They fish, but they don’t hunt.

        Or – presents an alternative item or idea – Every day they fish, or they hunt.

        Yet – presents a contrast or exception – They fish, yet they don’t hunt.

        So – presents a consequence – He fished well yesterday, so he hunted to celebrate.

  after although and as
  because before but except
  if like nor now
  once or since so
  than that though unless
  until when whether where


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